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Solution Blow Spinning (SBS) of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) based Nanofibres for Energy Harvesting and Sensing Applications

   School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE)

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About the Project

Solution Blow Spinning (SBS) has gained a lot of interest in recent years due to its operational simplicity and high throughput when used to produce nanofibres. It is still in its infancy, and many essential parameters, such as nozzle design, air pressure, solvent, and polymer solution viscosity need to be investigated not only to optimize the process but to industrialize the technique for mass production of nanofibres. The project aims to develop a high-performance SBS system for the production of PVDF nanofibers that can be efficiently used in energy harvesting and sensing applications. The project will be based on experimental and simulation work. Project activities will include designing tools using suitable CAD packages, such as SolidWorks while simulation work will utilize ANSYS workbench (Fluent). The project will also focus on characterization of the produced nanofibers using a wide range of tools such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X- ray diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

Academic qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Mechanical or Materials Engineering with a good fundamental knowledge of Simulation, Manufacturing and Materials.

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:


Experience of fundamental of materials and manufacturing


Competent in CAD


Knowledge of composites, manufacturing, design


Good written and oral communication skills


Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project


Good time management

Desirable attributes:

Simulation software and CNC programming

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded position


Prof. Islam Shyha is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and Head of Mechanical Engineering and Design at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University. Prof. Shyha has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. Prof. Shyha received his Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice from Northumbria University, PhD from The

University of Birmingham, MSc, and BSc from Alexandria University. He also worked at Northumbria University and was the Director of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. Prof. Shyha has been awarded several research projects funded by Newton Fund, Innovate UK, and industrial organizations. He teaches mechanical and manufacturing engineering courses and supervises MSc and PhD projects in the field of advanced manufacturing and materials.
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