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Material development conditioning for circular designed products

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    Dr Q Zhang
    Prof J Endrino
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Sponsored by EU H2020, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £16,000 - £ 19,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for three years

This PhD involves validation of innovation binder solution for wooden circular designed products. This is a highly futuristic project, where the focus is on development of natural, sustainable binders for re-manufacturable wood-based products such as medium density fibreboard, particle board or laminates. Furthermore, it will be extremely exposed to industrial best practice with the industrial partners Europe-wide.

This project will involve manufacturing and showcasing circular designed products (furniture in office and library modules, drawers and cabinets-, building components-decking and fencing-) under real condition at demosites. The aim of this will be to develop the design circular framework and redesign supply and value chains for composite products for furniture and building components.
Further details of the research include:
• Develop natural and sustainable binders and eventually replace common harmful emission-produced and petroleum-relied products.
• Develop an effective path to pre-treat some raw materials and the current recycled streams (woods, plastics and fibres) to meet the specifications defined for the material and product development.
• Develop an effective method to activate the surface of the wood and fibres virgin, recycled and received from the waste stream, which are prone to microbiological contamination.
• Demonstrate modular circular designed products.

The student will be based at the Cranfield University Surface Engineering and Nanotechnology Centre. As a part of working in this EU sponsored project, the student will work in close collaboration with UK/EU partners. He/she will need to present their research findings regularly to the project team.

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as chemistry, physics or materials engineering. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in the area of simulation, numerical modelling and industrial service delivery. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

How to apply:
For further information please contact: Dr. Qi Zhang, E: [email protected], T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 2584; or Prof. Jose Endrino, E: [email protected]
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form
For further information contact us today:
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
T: 44 (0)1234 758008
E: [email protected]

Funding Notes

* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national or EU national.


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