EPSRC CDT funded PhD Studentship in Engineering (Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing): Novel Heat-Resistant Paints for Stoves and relevant Applications

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Primary Supervisor: Dr. Yongde Xia
Secondary Supervisors: Prof. Shaowei Zhang (University of Exeter), Prof. Barbara Shollock (University of Warwick) 

Project Description:
University of Exeter and Hunter Stoves are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate degree jointly by the Universities of Exeter, Warwick and Cranfield.

As a ‘Research Engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at University of Exeter and Hunter Stoves, you will also spend time at Warwick and Cranfield Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your future career.

High temperature paints are used extensively in many areas such as in stoves. Conventional commercial products suffer from the use of environmentally unfriendly materials, poor bonding strength with a substrate, poor volume and colour stability during service, and relatively high costs, which limit their service lives and wide range of application. To address these concerns, a new type of heat-resistant paint which can provide excellent colour retention and film integrity is highly desirable and needs to be developed.

Hunter Stoves produces a range of high end wood-burning stoves for the consumer market. They have 30 years experience in producing various stoves for domestic applications and wish to develop novel heat-resistant paint for their stoves. Working alongside with experienced R&D team in Hunter, you will be responsible for the analysis and characterisation of the conventional paint materials and identifying important parameters that effects the paints performance, optimising the processing condition, and developing cost-effective, environmental friendly new high temperature paint with improved properties and performance for domestic stoves. Experience in materials characterisations would be helpful but not essential; you will undertake an appropriate training programme in the first year of your study.

This opportunity provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs. Qualifying students are eligible for an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by this PhD studentship. For 2016 this totals approximately £19,000 tax free per annum. The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees.

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