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Stimuli responsive pores towards gated membranes based on iris-like nano-valves

Project Description

This project aims at developing membranes with controllable gate-keepers at the site of the entrance of the pores. Stimuli responsive materials will be anchored and grafted across the surface of the pores to facilitate the constriction or expansion of the pores and thus act as nano-valves, allowing for selective diffusion based on bio-sensors feedback for adsorbed compounds strategically across the surface of the membranes.

The strategy will be focused on the design of iris shaped polymers able to open/shut based on specific light or electrical stimuli. The iris, bio-mimicking an eye iris, will allow for selective diffusion based on the feedback from the sensing unit implemented within the membrane surface. The recent design of light- and electrically responsive polymers and their integration has paved the way for the implementation into complex 3D architectures and will be utilized as a base for this project.

Funding Notes

This scholarship is available over 3 years.

Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years
To be eligible you must:

be either a domestic or international candidate
meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

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