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Bio-inspired composites with heterogeneous and hierarchical structures

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Bone and nacre (abalone shell) are two prime examples of natural materials that combine strength with toughness. Both comprise hard ceramic phase e.g. calcium phosphate or carbonate and soft polymeric phase e.g. collagen or other proteins with unique hierarchical structures. The challenge is how to generate synthetic ceramic/polymer composites with such hierarchical structures from a cost-effective engineering route in order to produce strong and tough structural materials for possible medical and engineering applications e.g. in dental restorations and orthopaedic implants.

The project aims at developing bio-inspired and biomimetic composites using a novel freeze casting technique. The project involves the formulation of material composition and microstructural characterisation using a range of microscopic techniques such as SEM, TEM, microCT. Mechanical testing will be carried out using standard methods and in situ to enhance the understanding of fracture mechanisms of such hierarchically structured composites

Applicants with a BSc or MSc (or equivalent) in Materials and Engineering or other relevant discipline are encouraged to apply. For further information, please contact Professor Bo Su,

Chinese students who wish to apply for scholarship from the China Scholarship Council are welcome to apply.

When applying please select "PhD in Oral and Dental Science" within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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