Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for biomedical applications
Biopolymer nanocomposites are attractive in biomedical applications such as tissue engineering and drug delivery because the presence of nanoparticles not only offers property enhancements to the polymer matrix but confer additional functionalities. Depending on the student’s interest, the nanocomposites can be in the form of wet hydrogel, tissue scaffold, or dry monolith. Regarding hydrogels, the project aim will be to develop tough and self-healing nanocomposite hydrogels. Regarding tissue scaffolds, the project aim will be to develop novel elastomeric porous scaffolds for soft tissue engineering. Regarding dry monolith, the project aim will be to develop stimuli-responsive polymer nanocomposites for minimally invasive medical devices. In any event, the research will include a large component of materials synthesis and characterisation.
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.
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Materials Science and Engineering
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