Sustainable polymer nanocomposites
Polymers are increasingly used in many industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, energy, healthcare and construction industries. However, the majority of polymers are synthesised from limited natural fuel resources, causing a global environmental concern. This project aims to promote the use of renewable polymers by using nanotechnology and innovative design of material structure to enhance their mechanical, thermal and barrier properties as well as flame retardancy. Different types of polymer will be studied. The experiments will include the synthesis of polymers, synthesis and functionalisation of nanoparticles (cellulose nanowhiskers, clay or graphene), as well as processing, characterisation and testing of polymer nanocomposites. The fundamental science underlying the development of high-performance sustainable polymer nanocomposites will be investigated.
Candidates should be self-funded, sponsored, or applying for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. The deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year - for more information see: www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships
Candidates should have or expect to gain a good Honours degree with 2i or above in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline.
If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.
How good is research at University of Sheffield in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?
Materials Science and Engineering
FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80
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