Development of Graphene/ceramic composites with damage self-monitoring capabilities at Cardiff …
In this project a wide variety of skills and techniques will be developed and used. The first stage of the project will deal with characterization and processing of materials and different techniques such as particle size distribution, zeta potential, XRD, SEM, TEM among others will be used. Skills in wet processing of graphene and ceramics together with their shaping by 3D printing and/or freeze casting will also be acquired and thus fundamental learning in rheology will be developed. Finally the achievement of the new composite will also demand training in mechanical and electrical characterization. The project will establish external collaborations with the Centre of Advanced Structural Ceramics at Imperial College London, Queen Mary University London and collaborations with graphene and carbon based materials suppliers such as “GRAPHENEA” and “HAYDALE” may also arise. Moreover, across college collaborations may be also possible due to the multidisciplinary character of the research proposed. For instance Dr Wayne Nishio Ayre at Cardiff School of Dentistry will bring his experience in the design, development and testing of medical devices and biomaterials. His experience will help us to find new applications for the novel composite. Research on is carrying out At the School of Physics and Astronomy they are looking at Nanodiamond and nanocarbons and we will find support to understand and measure graphene properties at atomic scale.
The ground breaking materials and methods for material fabrication that will be developed within the scope and throughout the duration of this project will definitely contribute to the continuation of UK’s industrial competitiveness.
Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
The studentship is funding through the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership and Cardiff School of Engineering. It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,296p.a. for 2016/17, updated each year). Additional funding is available over the course of the programme and will covers costs such as research consumables, training, conferences and travel.
Eligibility: We welcome applications from both UK and EU applicants.
In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to:
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU QUOTE THE STUDENTSHIP REFERENCE DTP2017-VG1 IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT FIELD.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview after the closing date.
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