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Surface functionalisation of advanced fibres for polymer composite applications

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    Prof Jim Johnston
    Dr T Dougherty
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Project Description

Nuenz Ltd, an advanced material manufacturing company, and the NZ Product Accelerator are offering a PhD studentship in Chemistry to study the dispersion and bonding of advanced fibres in polymers and their effect on the physical properties of the fibre-polymer composites, together with developing commercial applications of these composite materials. The research will involve the design, fabrication, characterisation and testing of fibre-polymer composites with the aim of developing a fundamental understanding of the factors that control and enhance polymer-fibre bonding. It will then address the application of the science and technology to the commercial development of such new polymer-fibre composite materials. The characterisation and test methods will include electronmicroscopy, FT-IR and photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as mechanical testing.

Funding Notes

The PhD candidate should have completed a MSc or a BSc (Honours) degree in chemistry, with first class honours or equivalent, and with a focus on materials science and preferably experience in polymer chemistry and the above instrumental analyses methods. The candidate must also meet the requirements for admission to a PhD programme in Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The PhD studentship is being funded by a Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship Grant and the student must satisfy the criteria of the Grant.

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