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Inkjet Printing for Security Features: delivering and characterising a series of inkjet inks suitable for printing bespoke authentication features

Project Description

This PhD project aims to deliver and characterise a series of inkjet inks suitable for printing bespoke authentication features on a range of substrates and applications for a government owned company.

The desired outcome is the development of an innovative, cost effective method to safeguard the integrity of a range of industrial, safety-critical and consumer products. It is envisaged that these inks will be used throughout manufacturing processes through to the end-user and consumer, including:

• Verification of critical parts and components
• Validation of materials and their origin through the supply chain
• Brand authentication

The student will be trained to use a variety of modern techniques such as inkjet printing, AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD etc. to fabricate novel security features and characterise their properties.

Applicants should have or expect to gain a first class or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent if from overseas) in any of the following backgrounds: mechanical engineering, material science, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline, or have an appropriate MSc qualification.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) certificate with an average of 6.5 or above and at least 6.0 in each component.

Funding Notes

This is a joint fully funded PhD by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and a government owned company.

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