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Developing graphene-reinforced aluminium based nanocomposites through heavy shear deformation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The unique set of properties exhibited by 2D materials suggested significant enhancements over traditional fillers in many composites. Of particular interest, graphene has shown obvious advantageous over other nanomaterials as a reinforcement filler for metallic matrix composites. The properties enhancement is more pronounced when there is a bond between the matrix and the additive. The aim of the project is to develop the next generation metallic matrix composites by taking graphene-aluminium nanocomposites as an example. We are aiming to develop new materials with high strength and high conductivity that can replace the conventional aluminium alloys in several aerospace, electronics, and electric power applications.
The student will develop and design the fabrication route of the graphene-aluminium nanocomposite with controlled microstructure and composition. The student will also conduct a comprehensive characterisation of the composites (microstructural features; mechanical and tribological behaviour).
The student will be joining a vibrant and fast-growing research group. The studentship is a part of the newly established Bournemouth University -Northeastern University centre for advanced materials research. Both institutes will jointly supervise the student, but the PhD work will be conducted at the advanced materials lab at Bournemouth University. The student will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available, including a brand-new nanocomposites lab.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:
• outstanding academic potential as measured by either a 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
• an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.
In addition to satisfying minimum entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.
Additional Eligibility Criteria:
The ideal candidate should have or expect to have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree (or equivalent) in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Physics or related discipline. A background in powder metallurgy or nanomaterials would be advantageous.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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