3 year PhD Studentship in Enabling Next Generation Additive Manufacturing - Long Term Controlled Release 3D Printable Implants

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Title: Long term controlled release 3D printable implants

In collaboration with Warwick and Birmingham Universities, as well as with the School of Pharmacy and Physics at Nottingham, the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cfam/index.aspx will continue a deeper exploration the area of multifunctional AM through the recently awarded Programme Grant, Enabling Next Generation Additive Manufacturing.

The programme vision is to establish controlled next generation multifunctional AM and translate this to industry and researchers. Initially focussing on novel electronic and pharmaceutical/healthcare applications, the aim is to move beyond single material AM by exploiting the potential to deposit multiple materials contemporaneously for the delivery of spatially resolved function and structure in three dimensions.

Project description: 

We will use high resolution additive manufacturing techniques, including two photon polymerisation and projection micro stereolithography, to produce drug delivery implants that release active ingredients over months and are degradable under physiological conditions. We will use the materials discovery programmes in place at Nottingham, to identify materials that are amenable to 3D Printing, and yet, are tailored to be biocompatible and biodegradable. This project will require the synthesis and characterisation of combinations of new materials that can be tuned for drug release, and subsequently used to manufacture personalised, bespoke implants with dimensions less than 1 mm and able to sustain drug release over multiple months.

Requirements of the studentship:

  • UK or EU candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or 2:1 degree in Engineering, Physics or Science related discipline.
  • Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to CfAM@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note applications without academic transcripts will not be considered. 
  • Candidates will be available to start on 1 October 2018 (subject to confirmation of funding).
  • Please refer to the project title when sending your e-mail/application.
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