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Development of electroless plating equipment for fabrics (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MCE/LAFDI)


Project Description

Medical fabrics are susceptible to potential damage during operating conditions. For this reason, it is important to identify when cracks occur within the material by using sensor wires, and this requires the use of thermal conductor materials. In addition, they can exhibit other interesting properties (i.e., multifunctional), which can be tuned by deposition of a metallic material.

The aim of this project is to develop and build an electroless plating equipment to enable deposit different
metallic materials on fabrics to achieve maximum combination of properties.

This project is supervised by Professor Khalid Lafdi.

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/EE/MCE/LAFDI) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2020 or 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project.

References

Y. Qureshi, M. Tarfaoui, K. K. Lafdi, K. Lafdi. Real-time strain monitoring performance of flexible nylon/Ag conducting fiber. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 295 (2019) 612.

Y. Qureshi, M. Tarfaoui, K. K. Lafdi, K. Lafdi.Real-time strain monitoring and damage detection of composites in different directions of the applied load using a microscale flexible Nylon/Ag strain sensor. Structural Health Monitoring, 147592171986998 (2019).

V.M. Villapún, S. Tardio, P. Cumpson, L.G. Dover, S. González. Antimicrobial properties of Cu-based bulk metallic glass composites after surface modification. Surface & Coatings Technology 372 (2019) 111-120.

V.M. Villapún, J. Medina, P. Pérez, F. Esat, F. Inam, S. González. Strategy for preventing excessive wear rate at high loads in bulk metallic glass composites. Materials and Design 135 (2017) 300-308.

V.M. Villapún, F. Esat, S. Bull, L.G. Dover, S. González. Tuning the mechanical and antimicrobial performance of a Cu-based metallic glass composite through cooling rate control and annealing. Materials 10 (2017) 506.

V.M. Villapún, H. Zhang, F. Esat, P. Pérez, J. Sort, S. Bull, J. Stach, S. González. Antimicrobial and wear performance of Cu-Zr-Al metallic glass composites. Materials and Design 115 (2017) 93-102.

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