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Nanomaterials for the Next Generation of Functional and Smart Fluids

Project Description

Functional-, or smart materials naturally respond to external forces by adapting their mechanical, electrical, thermal and magnetic properties to the environment. These properties can be used for self-healing skins recovering from mechanical damage or
self-charging electronics harvesting thermal energy. Recent advances in this field led to a magnetic fluid exhibiting permanent magnetisation. This fundamentally new magnetic behaviour defines a new class of magnetic fluids with the potential to develop the next generation of functional materials and fluids for real world engineering applications.

Aims and method:
This funded PhD research project aims to develop magnetic nanomaterials for the next generation of functional fluids. Primarily, this research is experimental and commences with fabricating magnetic materials and characterising their properties/applications. In addition, this research will modify nanomaterials for use in energy generation and storage. The PhD student will receive training on state-of-the-art material characterisation techniques and cross-disciplinary support from collaborators, whilst obtaining specialised knowledge and professional skills in the fields of materials and energy.

Tuition fees at the home/EU rate (£4,370 in 2019/20) and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (approx. £15,009 stipend for academic year 2019/20), plus support for travel/conferences/consumables.

Overseas applicants must be able to self-fund the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas fees (£20,950 per annum in 2019/20) each year. Please indicate how you will cover this in your application.

Please contact Dr Daniel Zabek () to informally discuss this opportunity.

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( ) including;
• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
• Current academic transcripts
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of July or October 2020.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference DZ-PSE-2020.

Funding Notes

Start Date: July/October 2020.

3.5 years Full Time.

This studentship is open to Home, EU or International candidates.

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 (or their equivalent) in Material Science, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry or a related subject.

Desired is experimental experience in the field of material synthesis.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

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