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PhD studentship in School of Engineering - Understanding the Mould Fouling Phenomenon during Tyre Moulding

   School of Engineering

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  Prof M Geoghegan  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Value of award

Full UK fees and living allowance of £15,609 p.a

Number of awards


Start date and duration

Start date - October 1 2021

Duration - 3 years

Application closing date

30th June 2021


Tyres are formed through a process of vulcanization in moulds. The process has been continuously developed to create tyres that possess great durability, handling, and safety. It is often, but not systematically, observed that during vulcanization a layer of material is deposited on the surface of the mould, which builds up gradually with each subsequent production cycle. This layer can result in products with surface defects. This fouling requires regular cleaning of the mould, which add to production costs. To solve this problem, we want to understand the mechanisms involved in the formation of the deposit and the consequences for the product.

The PhD involves both understanding the fundamental science behind the processes which lead to this contamination and finding an engineering solution. The project will require a variety of experimental techniques such as ion scattering, optical and electron microscopy, and other spectroscopies.

The successful candidate will work with partners in the UK and at Michelin in France.



Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Mark Geoghegan

Eligibility Criteria

Upper second class degree in Chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline. This award is open to UK and international students. Please note that additional fee contributions are required by International applicants.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8030F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) - Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code eng081 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code eng081 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Professor Mark Geoghegan email to [Email Address Removed].


Professor Mark Geoghegan [Email Address Removed]

School of Engineering

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