PhD studentship: Polymer and Colloid Chemical Engineering

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PhD studentship: Polymer and Colloid Chemical Engineering

You will be working in the research group of prof.dr.ir. Stefan A. F. Bon, the BonLab (http://www.bonlab.info), on an exciting 4 year project in collaboration with industry in the area of polymer and colloid science. We study the chemistry and physics of colloidal systems in which molecular and/or colloidal entities can be assembled into more complex supracolloidal structures, with the aim to produce innovative advanced materials. Each project will span synthesis of particles and macromolecules with a design tailored to provide function, the development of methods to (self)-organise colloidal matter, and the fabrication and characterization of advanced colloidal materials of use in a variety of industrial applications.

Enquiries, which should include a CV with the names of two referees, should be made to prof.dr.ir. Stefan A. F Bon (s.bon@warwick.ac.uk).

Requirements:

An eligible student must hold, or be predicted to obtain, at least a 2.1 4-year degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or an equivalent scientific discipline. Exceptional students with a 3 year BSc degree only will be considered. This studentship is open to UK and EU nationals and those of equivalent status* (fees paid, plus annum stipend). Availability is for 4 years beginning on 1st October 2016.

*Please note - ELIGIBILITY - We can only offer the stipend to UK citizens who have lived in the UK for over 3 years (e.g. as a student), or EU nationals. Applicants from outside the EU are not eligible for this post due to restrictions on funding. 

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PhD Studentship in Multiscale Modelling for Optimum Processing of Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites

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PhD Studentship in Multiscale Modelling for Optimum Processing of Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites

Project Overview: Polymers filled with multifunctional nanoparticles such as graphene are promising material candidates for producing multifunctional components/devices for use in sectors such as energy storage, flexible electronics, electromagnetic shielding. One of the main challenges in achieving optimum multifunctional properties is to obtain optimum dispersion and distribution of nanoparticles in the polymer. Melt state and quasi-solid state manufacturing processes offer means for controlling nanocomposite morphology, and hence of their end-use properties. However, those processes require a careful selection of optimum processing conditions to fully control the morphology, and thus end-use properties.

The ultimate objective of this project is to develop an advanced 3D nonlinear multiscale (molecular-continuum) computational model for the prediction and optimisation of the melt and quasi-solid state processing of polymer nanocomposites. The model development will address reconstruction of 3D nanocomposite morphologies using a Monte Carlo-like approach, and incorporation of the effects of nanoparticle functionalization by means of continuum constitutive laws predicted from simulations at the molecular level.

The successful candidate will be based in the International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM), where the model will be experimentally-validated.

Awards available: 1 award available.
Funding Details: Fees and maintenance at RCUK Level Length of Award: 3.5 years (PhD)

Eligibility: Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for well-qualified UK or EU students. Other motivated students are encouraged to apply but will need to secure their own funding. Candidates should hold a 1st or 2.1 degree in any science or engineering discipline which had a significant materials/engineering simulation content.

Application Details: This project is available to start as soon as possible. Please contact Dr Łukasz Figiel by email (l.w.figiel@warwick.ac.uk) with informal enquires about this project. Please apply directly via PG Admissions and note the reference number. Click here for the application form. 

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