About the Project
Polymers are essential for the functioning of the modern world and they derive their properties from their chemical nature, molecular architecture, inclusion of additives and the processing which they undergo to form the final product. This is true for simple polymers through to complex polymer composites.
The aim of this project is to increase the knowledge and the fundamental understanding of processing-structure-property relationships of highly filled polymer composites during conventional and advanced melt processing, with the key additional objective of understanding the role specially designed property modifiers play in these relationships.
Thorough characterisation of conventional and new formulations, together with mixing regimes and analysis of final composites will be undertaken so a thorough training and understanding of the basics are obtained. The study of new polymer compositions obtained from different processing experiments using a range of scattering techniques will be a critical element of the work. These new polymer modifiers or “additives" have the potential to transform many industries and extend the performance range of many polymers.
ESSENTIAL AND DESIRABLE CRITERIA:
A minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) in Engineering or Materials Science. Good experimental and analytical skills, experience of polymer processing and characterisation a distinct advantage.
We would ideally like someone to start in early October, but we can offer some flexibility on this - please contact us to discuss.
This PhD is available for a UK/EU applicant only. To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional details of these criteria are available on the EPSRC website.
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