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PhD Studentship: Next-generation antibacterial coatings - Reference number: MP-MFC-2621

Department of Materials Engineering

About the Project

Reference number: MP-MFC-2621

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2021

Closing date of advert: 21 March 2021

Interview date: TBC

This PhD studentship is a unique opportunity to form part of a large international UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project led by Dr Martin-Fabiani to develop the next generation of antibacterial coatings by harnessing state-of-the-art particle assembly methods and microbial testing protocols. The studentship will be carried out within a world-class research environment and will offer you the possibility of collaborating with internationally leading academic and clinical project partners in the UK, France, and Spain, as well as liaising with industrial partners in the paint and coatings sector. Successful completion of this PhD project will provide you with excellent career prospects both in academia and industry.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Full Project Detail:

In recent years, the Martin-Fabiani group have been at the forefront of the fabrication of functional coatings with enhanced performance. We harness the segregation processes that take place during drying to maximize the amount of functional agent – such as antibacterial or abrasion resistant nanoparticles – at the top coating surface and therefore increase its efficiency.

In this PhD, you will develop new methods to produce more effective and environmentally friendly antibacterial coatings as well as appropriate protocols to test their performance. This will involve designing and working with particulate coatings, antimicrobial nanomaterials, microbial testing protocols, and advanced microscopies. It will be a multidisciplinary research project, spanning across soft matter, biology, and materials science. This will involve collaboration with microbiologists at Ulster University and clinical NHS colleagues, as well as with polymer chemists at the University of Lyon.

A successful PhD project will contribute to delivering impact by providing the scientific basis for the improvement of antibacterial coatings for hospitals, which will enable the mitigation of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomaterials, Bioengineering, or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in colloid/interface science, microbial growth, and/or advanced microscopies would be an advantage.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements:

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Materials  

Please quote reference number: MP-MFC-2621

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students (including EU) are eligible to apply but the difference between the UK and International tuition fee cannot be covered by the Research Council grant and must therefore be met from other sources. In order to qualify for UK fees, you must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement View Website

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