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PhD Scholarship in Surface Chemistry for Australian PRs only


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A PhD Scholarship in Surface Chemistry is available to Australian citizens and permanent residents only in the group of Prof Chiara Neto in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney on the study of drag reduction by lubricant-infused surfaces. The project is in collaboration with MicroTau Pty Ltd. based in Sydney. In addition to the main scholarship of AUD $35,950 per annum, the scholarship holder will receive a top-up scholarship of $5,500/annum.

a.    The research project will investigate a family of microstructured surfaces that have drag-reducing and anti-fouling properties, in partnership with microprinting company MicroTau. In the project, the microstructured surfaces will be designed, fine-tuned based on microfluidic testing and produced to combine drag-reducing and marine anti-fouling properties. The focus will be on connecting material properties to performance in drag reduction and fouling reduction.This PhD project will benefit the larger Future Fellowship project funded by the Australian Research Council and awarded to Prof Chiara Neto.

This project will take place within the Nano-Interfaces Group with a strong collaborative atmosphere between students and postdoctoral fellows. As part of the PhD program, you will interact strongly with the Sydney-based industrial partner MicroTau, thereby gaining valuable transferrable skills. For more details visit and


You have a BSc or BEng Honours degree or equivalent, with research projects in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science or a closely related discipline. You have in depth-knowledge of surface science or fluid flow experiments or modelling. You are motivated and enthusiastic about working on the interface between fundamental and applied research. Preferably you have experience with microfluidic devices, and modelling of interfacial laminar flow. You have the ability to work independently and as a member of a research team, while demonstrating a collaborative attitude.

You are able to review and engage with interdisciplinary studies and are driven by curiosity. You have excellent analytical skills and an analytical mind-set, excellent communication skills, written as well as spoken. English language proficiency is a must and a scientific presentation will be part of the interview procedure.


Questions regarding this position can be directed to Prof. Chiara Neto [Email Address Removed]. Applications should be submitted Here: (extension in deadline till September 14th, 2022,)

Including contact information for at least two academic references, academic transcript and cover letter, addressing your ability to contribute to surface science studies, and preferably microfluidics and microstructured surfaces.

Funding Notes

Funding is accessible to Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents only.


Include contact information of at least two academic references, academic transcript and cover letter, addressing your ability to contribute to microfluidic studies of flow on structured surfaces.
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