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Materials for 4D Printing (Df4DP)

Computer Science

Dr Eujin Pei Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The next generation of Additive Manufacturing technologies will utilise the combination of different smart materials with Computer-Aided Design to produce multi-functional structures. The aim of this PhD is to develop a better understanding of Polymeric materials for the 4D Printing, with a view of producing several working demonstrators.

We are looking for candidates who are sponsored or have their own funding. We are seeking highly motivated candidates to embark on this leading-edge doctoral programme. You will gain an understanding of 4D Printing in order to build your expertise of the materiality and principles that influence the shape change effect. Following which you will be expected to demonstrate your contribution to new knowledge by producing several practical product components from 4D polymers, such as smart valves and actuators. We are also happy to consider other research project proposals which could be negotiated between the applicant and the supervisor.

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university in a related discipline, such as Material Science or Mechanical Engineering will be beneficial. A Masters level qualification is desirable. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university. The ideal candidate should be detail oriented with good analytical skills. We welcome candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)
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