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Self-healing polymer composites with graphene and carbon nanotubes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Plastic waste is a critical global environmental and health issue. A good means of tackling plastic waste is to reduce polymeric material failures. One strategy to extend material life in service is by mimicking the biological systems, i.e. making synthetic materials able to self- heal post subject to mechanical damage.

The project aims to develop a new class of nanocomposites with self-healing ability using fundamental tools of nanotechnology. New interfacial chemistry of nano carbon with polymeric system along with mechanical, morphological and rheological properties will be explored. The project is multidisciplinary in nature and it will provide training in synthetic polymer chemistry, nanomaterials synthesis and characterisation, composite formulation and their mechanical properties evaluation.

The students will be joining a vibrant and fast-growing research group. The studentship is a part of the newly established Bournemouth University -Northeastern University centre for advanced materials research. Both institutes will jointly supervise the student, but the PhD work will be conducted at the advanced materials lab at Bournemouth University. The students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available, including a brand-new nanocomposites lab.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

The ideal candidate should have or expect to have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or related discipline. A background in materials or electrochemistry would be advantageous.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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