Multifunctional graphene coated natural non-woven for automotive applications

   Institute for Frontier Materials

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  Dr Maryam Naebe  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD project is part of a partnership between Deakin University, Geelong, Australia and Ford Motor Company, USA. The successful applicant will spend 3 years at the Institute for Frontier Materials (, Deakin University.

A cost effective electrically and thermally conductive textile for large scale automotive application will offer significant advantages in terms of features and sustainability. Conductive materials are usually limited to applications with non-biodegradable plastics. This PhD program seeks to develop novel multifunctional textiles from natural protein (wool) waste fibre for automotive application. Building upon this research, a novel graphene oxide-based natural fibre textile coating formulation that offers multifuntional properties will be developed. A scalable textile coating application process will be a key research focus, alongside understanding the interfacial strength between textile surfaces and active materials. This is to ensure durable coatings with suitable mechanical, electrical and thermal properties, while retaining the inherent properties of natural recycled protein fibres.

The successful candidate will gain skills and knowledge in a broad range of techniques and scientific areas in this interdisciplinary project on the interface of chemistry and materials science. In addition they will gain knowledge of a range of characterisation techniques for graphene based nanomaterials and textiles.

Candidate specification


                    Expertise and practical experience in chemistry

•                    Able to demonstrate experience of safe working practices in a chemical laboratory

•                    A curious mind and a willingness to learn

•                    Good communication, presentation and writing skills

•                    Excellent team skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural research group.

Highly desirable

                    A background in nanoparticle/graphene and graphene based synthesis

•                    A knowledge of textile technology chemistry

•                    Familiarity with techniques used for nanomaterial and textile characterisation

Duration: Typically 3 years (full-time)

Important Dates: Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24)

Funding Notes

Due to COVID travel restrictions, applicants must be onshore, resident in Australia. Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship covering course fees and living costs, including a tax-free stipend of $AU28,600 per year. More information about the Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarships is available here:
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