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Novel Methods to Produce High Efficiency Heat Pipes

  • 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

Project Description

Background This Industrial MPhil qualification and placement is a continuation of a collaboration between the Materials Centre (Department of Chemistry) and European Thermodynamics Limited (ETL), a Leicester based SME. ETL provides smart heat management and cooling solutions for hi-tech industries including aerospace, automotive, marine, military, medical and telecommunications.

The company specialises in problem definition, research and design capabilities, modelling and analysis of components and product manufacture. Some example of their applications and products include: • Battery cooling • Heat recovery and transport • Energy harvesting • Solid state thermoelectric cooling European Thermodynamics is looking for an MPhil student to work on materials processing and proof of concept development for improving heat transfer systems used in all of the above applications.

The Project This R&D project will focus on the design and fabrication of novel high efficacy heat pipes for a range of technological applications. These range from space-based instrumentation through consumer and automotive electronics, to energy storage (novel batteries) and domestic heat management. The project will deliver specific guidance on the most promising processing route for commercial exploitation, and will allow the company to assess the potential gaps in knowledge and resources in future developments. The successful candidate will work with an established partnership between European Thermodynamics, which are one of the leading technology developers in heat management materials and technologies.

The project will focus in several key areas:

1. Electrolytic coatings for high efficiency heat-transfer characteristics and associated fabrication methods
2. Surface analysis, imaging, measurement and metrology
3. Coating technologies for improving the performance of existing heat pipe systems.
4. Commercialisation of results
You will work closely with the sponsoring company, ETL, and the University of Leicester. Supervision will be provided by Prof. Karl Ryder (Department of Chemistry) and Shannon Stodd (Innovation Hub).

The Leicester Innovation Hub is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). To qualify for fully funded support the SME, MPhil student and University of Leicester academics must fulfil all ERDF and University MPhil degree eligibility criteria which include: • The MPhil student: must be a UK or EU (European Union) national; have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline; adhere to project confidentiality; at the start of the project assign any arising IP from the project; base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project; work closely with the SME company to undertake the research project; deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to the MPhil thesis. Please note that University of Leicester requires at Bachelor Degree with at least a UK 2:1 or equivalent.

Further details at

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject. The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

How to apply

You should submit your application using our online application system.
Apply for Chemistry Research and the next available intake
In the funding section of the application please indicate you wish to be considered for MPhil Project LIH132
In the proposal section please provide the name of the supervisor and project title.

Project / Funding Enquiries

For enquiries please contact Shannon Stodd () at the Leicester Innovation Hub.
Application enquiries to

Funding Notes

The University of Leicester pays a monthly stipend of £1,166.67 (total Stipend £14,000) in arears to the student. The funding will be strictly limited to 12 months. • The SME pays the University’s 1 year full-time MPhil fees (upfront before project start).

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