Nanostructured ionomer/vitrimer films of core-shell particles

   Department of Materials

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  Prof B Saunders, Dr Lee Fielding  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Synthomer is one of the world's major suppliers of latices and speciality emulsion polymers that are used to make rubber gloves (e.g., surgical gloves). There is a continual need to improve the mechanical properties of the polymer films that comprise the gloves. In this project a new, environmentally-friendly, approach to preparing the polymer films will be explored. The project will involve nanoparticle preparation and characterisation as well as studies of film formation and mechanical properties. Collaboration with Synthomer scientists and visits to research facilities in Germany and elsewhere will occur during the project. The project will be fully funded for PhD students who are UK or EU nationals.

Admissions qualifications / requirements

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a related discipline.

Interviews will be conducted until suitable candidate found.

Before you apply 

We strongly recommend that you contact the lead supervisor for this project before you apply. 

How to apply 

To be considered for this project you’ll need to complete a formal application through our online application portal

When applying, you’ll need to specify the full name of this project, the name of your supervisor, how you’re planning on funding your research, details of your previous study, and names and contact details of two referees

Your application will not be processed without all of the required documents submitted at the time of application, and we cannot accept responsibility for late or missed deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

If you have any questions about making an application, please contact our admissions team by emailing [Email Address Removed]

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. 

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 

Funding Notes

This is a 3 year PhD studentship funded by Synthomer UK.
Open to UK/EU applicants.
Proposed start date October 2021
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