PhD Studentship: Understanding Structure-function Relationships of Super-omniphobic Nano Particles using Magnetic Resonance Techniques

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals.  Students must meet the eligibility criteria at the 'Higher Education' link at: regrettably, we are not able to consider applicants who don't meet the residency criteria for this studentship.

A fully funded 4.0 year iCASE studentship is available to work with Dr Mick Mantle (Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge) and Dr Alan Taylor (The Welding Institute (TWI), Granta Park Cambridge)).

The aim of this Ph.D. is to develop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods to facilitate the intelligent design of erosion resistant, self-renewing, super-omniphobic surfaces that are found in emerging metamaterials intended for use in extreme environments. The main objective of the Ph.D. is to provide a scientifically driven design space that allows us to fully understand the structure-function relationships of silica nano-particles used in the coatings and composites industry. Nuclear magnetic resonance techniques will be used extensively throughout the complete process to quantitatively characterise both the raw materials and functionalised end products. Advanced magic angle spinning solid state and diffusion/relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques will be applied and developed to quantify the structure-function relationships of the new materials. NMR methods will be combined with and other analytical techniques, e.g., TGA, DSC and SEM to provide key performance indicators/descriptors of different functionalised silica's, thereby providing a scientifically motivated methodology to designing, characterising and optimising the functionalisation process. 

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics. Please note that whilst this project is based in Cambridge the successful student will be expected to spend time working in TWI based at Granta Park, Cambridge.

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics. If your degree was taken outside the UK, please visit: to determine if your overseas qualification is equivalent to a First. Full training in all techniques will be given.

Please send the following to Mrs Amanda Taylor ( by noon on Friday 2 March 2018. 

  • Include the Vacancy Reference number NQ14285 in the subject line of your email.
  • Your CV
  • Your most recent transcript (and transcripts from previously completed degrees) to include grades/marks received in relevant examinations

Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please quote reference NQ14285 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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