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Laser Surface Functionalisation of Cardiovascular Stents


   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Dr Y Liu, Dr Manuela Pacella, Dr Y Tse  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, underlining the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world (REF, 2021).

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.

PROJECT DETAILS

Cardiovascular stents dramatically improve life expectancy, particularly considering people affected by cardiovascular disease are getting younger. Advances in materials and manufacturing engineering drive the development of stents and we have a strong track record in these fields.

Current research on stent design and development is more about making the stent strut even smaller and thinner to minimise disturbance to blood flow without compromising mechanical performance. Laser technology can meet the demands of micro-machining of small medical devices like stents. The advantage of using lasers against other manufacturing methods is the ability to produce with the highest speed, precision, and quality to meet stringent regulatory requirements.

In this project, we will build upon our understanding of the influence of laser process parameters on the surface modification of stent materials. The investigation will focus on laser surface functionalisation and its effects on the biological response and mechanical performance of stent materials. It will contribute to the further development of laser micro-machining technology in the manufacturing of delicate medical devices.

SUPERVISORS

Primary supervisor: Dr. Yang Liu

Secondary supervisors: Dr Manuela Pacella and Dr YauYau Tse

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Materials, or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: engineering in manufacturing, mechanical and biomedical, bioengineering, biomaterials or experiences on medical devices.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

HOW TO APPLY

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number: P2SAM22-14 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £16,062 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified end of October 2022.
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