PhD Studentship: Tailored Routes to Architectured Ceramic Nanocomposite Materials For Energy and Communications Applications

University of Warwick - WMG

Supervisor: Dr Claire Dancer, Professor Tony McNally

Start Date: October 2016

PhD Project:

Ceramic nanocomposite materials are hard-wearing, can be used at high temperatures, and have many unique electrical and magnetic properties. However like all ceramics they have limited mechanical strength in tension/bending, and have fixed functional properties such as dielectric constant. This project will develop reliable and scalable methods for the production of architectured ceramic nanocomposites, where the mechanical stresses are controlled by tailoring the structure of the material through internal compositional variations built into the design. Such materials have unique properties unobtainable from conventional materials, and as such are useful for a huge range of applications including both mechanical and electromagnetic purposes. By working primarily with typical materials used for applications in energy storage (such as supercapacitors) and communications (such as lenses and waveguides), this project will provide the methods to enable the manufacture of devices with unique and enhanced properties.  

This project will involve the manufacture of ceramic materials with graded compositions by routes including die pressing and 3D printing, as well as studying the sintering process to optimise the microstructure of the resulting materials. The student will gain hands-on experience in a range of characterisation techniques including microscopy and spectroscopy to measure the microstructural, mechanical and functional properties of the materials.

The project will be based within the new International Institute for Nanocomposite Manufacturing (IINM) at the University of Warwick.  

Funding Details

Fees and maintenance at RCUK Level, for three years. This studentship is open to both overseas and UK/EU status applicants.


Candidates should hold a 1st or 2.1 degree in any science or engineering discipline which had some materials content (materials science, physics, engineering, chemistry, etc.).


For an informal conversation and for more information, please contact Dr Claire Dancer

To apply, please complete our online form and upload your CV

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