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New porous materials for sensing and energy applications

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Prof Chris Bowen No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Bath United Kingdom Computational Chemistry Evolution Geochemistry Mechanical Engineering Materials Science

About the Project

Project Team: Prof Chris Bowen

Information queries: Prof Chris Bowen ([Email Address Removed])

Project: (UK or French applicants only)

This is a fully funded PhD to develop new structures for novel sensors and energy harvesting applications. This PhD will demonstrate that the material structure can be used positively to significantly improve the performance of piezoelectric materials. Materials will be created using a novel processing methods (3D printing and freezing) to deliver timely benefits in terms of ease and speed of processing, to tailor the material structure to form complex shapes by printing/freezing, and help to reduce waste.

There will be opportunity to develop existing modelling tools and manufacturing approaches at the University of Bath to enable the controlled design of new electro-active materials and devices. This will be demonstrated by the development of new prototype piezoelectric pressure sensors and energy harvesters of mechanical and thermal energy to showcase the technology.

The research will be a collaboration between the University of Bath (UK) and GREMAN (Tours, France) with opportunities to travel between the two groups and international conference travel.


Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class or 2.1 degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent) in materials or related engineering/science discipline such as Materials Science, Chemisty, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering orPhysics.. English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see


Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: TBC.

Funding Notes

Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate) and training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
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