PhD Studentship - Laser Surface Treatments for Functionalisation of Flexible Products

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 9th March 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Lewis Jones

Secondary supervisor: Professor John Tyrer

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

Finishing processes represent the majority of the inherent energy cost in the production of textile products. Existing techniques are wasteful in their use of energy, water and chemicals to manufacture functionalised coatings. The use of laser based processes would enable precise and customised manufacture of technical textiles on both 2D and 3D substrates. There would be significant commercial advantages of a process that could add functionalised coatings to assembled products in only specific desired locations. A detailed programme of work is now required to develop and assess the engineering solutions.

 This project aims to develop a detailed understanding of the laser-material interactions and their exact resource consumption to explore and exploit the potential commercial benefits of laser processing of textiles. This will require systematic experimentation and analysis of the laser process and development of new techniques. Work will include the use and development of new high-power laser materials processing and 3D textile handling equipment. Developing an experimental process for quantifying and predicting the resource consumption and the material modifications created by these processes. Evaluating the long term and commercial performance of textiles treated by this process would also be essential to demonstrate viability to industry.

 While focused on textiles materials there are opportunities to investigate the potential of textile surface bonding and diffusion processes on other delicate and sensitive substrate applications.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Design Engineering, Technical Textiles or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Technical Textiles, Laser Materials Processing.

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Lewis Jones

Email address:

Telephone number: 01509 227594

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS20

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