PhD Studentship - Additive Manufacturing of RF Metamaterials using Ionic Hydrogel Inks

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

4-year PhD studentship, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (4 years) within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.

Project title: Additive manufacturing of RF metamaterials using ionic hydrogel inks

Metamaterials are structures engineered with properties that can be often controlled by changing geometry. Additive manufacturing offers high level of freedom of design to alter geometry. The combination of additive manufacturing and metamaterials enables the fabrication of structures with properties that can be highly controlled by computer-aided designs using a combination of dissimilar materials. Materials with intrinsic difference of electrical properties are highly desirable for RF metamaterials. Polymers have low permittivity whereas ionic liquids relatively have high permittivity. Additively manufacture metamaterials using both materials will widen the spectrum of controlling the RF properties of the printed structures and increase the application prospect to include various frequencies ranging from MHz to THz.

The successful PhD student will work alongside a team of other PhD students and post-doctoral researchers involved in related projects. This project is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) though the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham.


  • Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK and EU candidates
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or 1st class degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline. Applicants with Mechanical and Materials Engineering background are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates will be available to start on 1st October 2018.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to referring to the project title.

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