Research Associate in Polymer Chemistry for Structural Power

Durham University - School of Engineering & Computing Sciences

Fixed term contract: 30 months.

Closing Date: 22nd December 2016 (12.00pm)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work in the in the Energy Research Group of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary research group committed to excellence, working on an EPSRC funded “Beyond structural: multifunctional composites that store electrical energy”.

This project will explore in collaboration with colleagues from Imperial College London the fundamental science of structural power materials and the potential engineering issues. There are opportunities to work with a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, material scientists and composite engineers, within an expanding team of researchers.

This position will focus on the materials chemistry of the constituent components of structural power composites. It will build on our existing state-of-the-art multifunctional hierarchically-structured laminate systems, to develop the next embodiment of the technology. The goal will be to create new nanostructured systems that simultaneously manifest generally conflicting properties (for example, matrices that provide high mechanical shear stiffness AND high ionic conductivity).

The systems must be compatible with composite processing technology to generate hierarchical composite structures. In conjunction with other post-doctoral researchers, the most promising systems will be built into prototype demonstrators.

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