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Novel Preparation of Micro/Macro Porous Ceramics for Demanding Applications, Engineering – PhD (Funded)

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Project Description

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Ceramics with tailored or controlled porosity level and pore structure are very promising materials for a range of important applications such as waste (water) treatment, aerospace, catalysis, refractories, and tissue engineering. Several conventional techniques have been used to prepare them, including partial sintering, sacrificial fugitives, replica templates and direct foaming. In this project, these techniques will be further developed and subsequently used, along with other newly-developed novel techniques (e.g., 3D printing), to prepare several important types of oxide and non-oxide porous ceramics for low (e.g., waste water treatment) and high temperature (e.g., refractories and aerospace) applications. Microstructures of as-prepared materials will be investigated using modern characterisation techniques including XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman, and X-ray CT, and their properties and performances examined by following the standardised procedures with the support from industrial partners. The successful candidate is expected to develop cost effective materials and demonstrate their application as a sustainable water/wastewater treatment solution to remove complex pollutants in developing countries. The candidate will also get opportunities to interact with an international NERC funded project FAME.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.

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