Fully-funded PhD Research Post – Graphene Composites for Erosion Resistant Coatings

University of Hull - Faculty of Science and Engineering/George Gray Centre for Advanced Materials

Green Port Growth Programme

School: School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Stipend: £14,553 for the 2017/18 session

Post Type: Full Time; Three years

Start Date: 18th September 2017

As the UK’s energy estuary, the Hull and Humber region has received significant investment in recent years to develop its potential for offshore renewable energy output. As part of this, the University of Hull is committed to achieving research breakthroughs for applications in offshore wind energy, thereby attracting investment and catalysing further economic growth in the region.

The University of Hull is seeking to appoint a PhD research candidate to undertake work in ultratough graphene composites and coatings for the offshore wind industry, in collaboration with Graphitene – a leading industrial player in graphene production and development. The focus will be on understanding the mechanisms of leading edge erosion on offshore wind turbine blades and developing novel composite coatings that can resist such erosion. Such materials must have the capability of dissipating mechanical impact energy, and possess high fatigue resistance and long service lifetimes. The outcomes of the research will be utilised to help achieve the Aura mission of driving down the cost of offshore wind energy by tackling infrastructure challenges through developing damage resistant composites.

The successful candidate will commence their studies within the recently opened George William Gray Centre for Advanced Materials at the University of Hull that connects the research of chemists, physicists, computer scientists, engineers and biomedical scientists. The candidate will also work closely with scientists at Graphitene in the development and formulation of graphene composites.

The position includes a stipend for 3 years according to the Research Council level (£14,553 for the 2017/18 session) and Home/EU PhD fees. This PhD Research Post is part-funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, through the Green Port Growth Programme.

Minimum Candidate Requirements

Students with a First or high Upper Second Class Degree in a relevant area (such as Chemistry, Materials Science) are invited to apply.

For informal enquiries and discussions, please contact the following:

Dr. Jia Min Chin – Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of Hull, Tel: 44 (0)1482 466408, Email: j.chin@hull.ac.uk

Mr. Frederik Huld – Project Manager and Scientist, Graphitene, Email: frederik@graphitene.com

Further information on the University of Hull, Aura and Graphitene can be found at:

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