PhD Studentship: Electrodeposited Multilayer Metal Matrix Nano Composite (MMMNC) Coatings for Offshore Protection

University of Leicester

Location: University of Leicester

A fully-funded 4 year-PhD studentship starting in September/October 2018 is available in the Doctoral training centre for Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT) at the University of Leicester.


Metal matrix nanocomposite can be produced by electrodeposition of metals from plating baths containing a dispersion of inert nanoparticles. A novel method, pulse reverse plating (PRP), has been developed at Leicester to produce these. To date this method has been successfully applied to produce Metal Matrix Nano Composition (MMNC) coatings. The proposed project will extend this technique to allow the production of Multilayer-MMNC coatings.

The leading edge of offshore wind turbines is currently protected by soft elastomer tapes, due to their low cost and ease of application during blade manufacture. However, the life span of these tapes is around 10 years and therefore need replacing within the 25 year lifetime of the turbine. Replacing such tapes, offshore, on assembled turbines is inherently problematic. Industry desires a full-life solution to protecting wind turbine blades from leading edge erosion. Such a solution needs to be erosion resistant, corrosion resistant and damp vibrations resulting from the water hammer effect from impinging spray.

Funding Information:

IMPaCT students are fully funded studentships which include:

  • A full UK/EU fee waiver for 4 years
  • An annual tax free stipend of £14,777 (2018/19)
  • Possibility of additional top up for industry sponsored projects.
  • Generous Research Training Support Grant.

Studentships are open to UK Home / EU applicants who meet the residency criteria which is set out by the Research Council EPSRC.

A limited amount of partial funding is available for exceptional international applicants who are highly qualified and motivated.  Due to the nature of this funding, the CDT would only be able to cover the cost of the Home/EU fees and therefore the applicant would need to either find alternative funding or self-fund the fee difference

Informal Enquiries:

Please make any informal enquiries to Dr David Weston –

How to apply*:

*Please include project code IMP06-WESTON when applying

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