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Pharmaceutical 3D and 4D printing: from personalised medicine to smart medical device (QIS_U23SF)

   School of Pharmacy

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  Dr S Qi  No more applications being accepted  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

While 3D printing is rapidly infiltrating into the fields of pharmaceutical and biomedical applications, 4D printing is a new field on the horizon with the promises of making the imaginary technology advancements into reality. 4D printed objectives are fabricated by 3D printing, but with ‘smart’ stimuli-responsive materials. With the exposure to the stimuli, the 3D object would change shape to provide performances that are not possibly being delivered by other the object in its original shape and geometry.

This PhD project will investigate and explore the use of 4D printing to produce personalised pharmaceutical and smart medical devices. The project will be highly interdisciplinary and will involve training in a wide range of material sciences and engineering techniques related to 3D printing. Led by Prof. Sheng Qi, there will be the opportunity to work using different facilities in the School of Pharmacy at UEA and in the Norwich Research Park.

The student will have, or expect to obtain a first class, 2(1) or equivalent Honours degree in Material Sciences, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy or a related area.


Informal enquiries are welcomed: please contact Prof. Sheng Qi ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at
A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.


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ii) Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports. 2020; 140, 100543
iii) Advanced Functional Materials, 2020; 30(31):1910606
iv) Appl Mater Today. 2020; 18: 100479
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