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Multi-Functional Wound Dressings

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Are you interested in developing experimental skills within the field of textile science? Do you want to gain experience of applying scientific research to industry practice?

To enable chronic wounds to heal faster and to enable personalised wound care, we need to be able to detect changes in bacterial activity, pH and other indicators and then react by providing an automatic response within the dressing to reduce the conditions that lead to the wound never healing – effectively, we would be integrating diagnostic and therapeutic functions in the dressing, so wound healing is promoted by detecting and responding to dynamic changes within the wound site.

We would like to design and build new wound dressing components as a ‘proof-of-concept’ studies that demonstrate that this multi-functional behaviour is possible, based on recent results from our lab. This involves collaboration with Leeds NHS BT and industry.

Entry requirements:

You should have, or will expect to attain at least a 2i degree classification in chemistry, a chemistry related discipline, textile engineering, textile technology, or a textile engineering/technology-related discipline. An interest in textiles will be advantageous.

If English is not your first language you’ll also need an IELTS a score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any skill area.

Funding Notes

This project is funded for a total of 3 years, the studentship includes full payment of fees and a tax-free stipend of £14,777 p.a.

UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.


The preferred PhD start date is 1st April 2019.

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