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Multifunctional coatings: Developing novel, robust and multifunctional erosion resistant coatings

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Novel and high performance multifunctional coatings are required to extend the operation life of critical aircraft components operating in extreme environments, enhance their performance and reduce maintenance requirements.

The proposed PhD project aims to design and develop novel, robust and multifunctional coatings that are erosion resistant and icephobic in order to protect critical aircraft components operating in extreme environments. The coatings will be manufactured using sustainable, scalable and cost-effective non-vacuum based chemical vapour technologies. The coatings will be characterised to establish coating adhesion, microstructure, erosion, icephobicity and durability using the state-of-the-art facility at UCL Institute for Materials Discovery. The coatings will be optimised and evaluated in simulated in-service conditions to establish the performance of the coating. Life cycle analysis, coating removal, repair and refurbishment as well as application evaluation will be conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners.

This exciting three-year project aims to design and develop multifunctional protective coatings for aerospace applications at the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery.

A successful candidate for this postgraduate research opportunity must have a minimum of an upper second class degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Science and a broad range of relevant backgrounds with a keen interest in new materials development, high value added coating manufacturing and technological applications in aerospace and transport are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will conduct research in the state-of-the-art Materials Discovery laboratory (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-for-materials-discovery) with a well-funded consumables budget. This highly interdisciplinary research will involve many national and international academic and industrial collaborations.

The position will be available until a suitable candidate is found.

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Kwang-Leong Choy

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Ms Jo Donkin, e-mail:

Applications must include a full CV and covering letter/email providing information on why you would be suitable for this opportunity and funding. Applications to be sent directly to Professor Kwang-Leong Choy,

Funding Notes

The studentship would cover tuition fees and annual stipend of at least the Research Council minimum (currently £16,500) for eligible UK and EU applicants. Other EU nationals may be eligible for a fees-only award. International students may also be accepted on a self-funding basis.

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