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Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for energy or healthcare applications

  • 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

Multifunctional elastomer nanocomposites are promising in a variety of applications including stretchable electronic devices, soft robotics, actuators, sensors, wearable medical devices and soft tissue scaffolds. Depending on his/her experience and interests, the student may choose to develop novel multifunctional elastomer nanocomposites for either energy applications such as stretchable conductors for energy devices, or healthcare applications such as biomimetic scaffolds for soft tissue reconstruction. In either case, novel multifunctional elastomer nanocomposites will first be prepared, and characterised using various techniques. Then the optimal nanocomposites will be used to manufacture either stretchable conductors or biomimetic soft tissue scaffolds, followed by the evaluation of their potential performance in stretchable devices or soft tissue regeneration in collaboration with other researchers where appropriate. The fundamental science underpinning the development of these novel materials will also be investigated.

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), established in 1845, is a member of the Russell Group universities in the UK. The Polymer Processing Research Centre at QUB hosts a wide range of polymer processing and characterisation facilities, supported by over 10 technical and administrative staff.

Applications are invited from candidates who have or are about to obtain an undergraduate (2:1 or above) or MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering or another relevant discipline, and have strong interests in Materials Science or multidisciplinary research.
While applications are accepted all year around, the deadline of the current review round is 20 March 2019. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application via Queen’s online application portal ( as early as possible as applications are considered on a rolling basis. Informal enquiries are also welcome.

Funding Notes

This EPSRC PhD scholarship will cover full tuition fees at the home rate and a stipend (£15,009 p.a. for the 2019/20 academic year) for 3.5 years. A top-up stipend of £3,000 p.a. could be available for outstanding candidates. Due to funding conditions, only UK nationals, and EU nationals who have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme are eligible for this scholarship.

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