Design and manufacturing of nature-inspired micro/nanostructured anti-fogging surfaces
The project aims at researching and developing a deterministic design and manufacturing approach to obtain heretical micro/nanostructures inspired by Bee’s eye to achieve anti-fogging property on glasses and polymers without losing high optical transitivity. The duration of the project is 3 years.
The principal objectives of the project are:
• to gain an in-depth understanding of state-of-the-art anti-fogging technologies and research challenges through literature review;
• to develop a multi-physics model to understand the light-droplet interaction and their impacts on glasses and polymers;
• to develop a deterministic design optimisation approach to obtain superhydrophilic micro/nanostructures by emulating Bee’s eyes to achieve anti-fogging property;
• to establish a cost-effective manufacturing approach based on nanosecond laser ablations to generate the designed micro/nanostructures on glasses and polymers;
• to develop a test-rig to test the anti-fogging capability.
We will accept applications from international students who can confirm in their email application that they are able to pay the difference between the Home and International fees (approximately £16,500 per annum). The Stipend is not to be used to cover fees. If you are unable to cover this cost the application will be rejected.
Applications from Home, Rest of UK and EU Students will receive funding of the home fee and stipend.