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PhD Studentship - Fabrication of Ceramic Coatings for Next Generation Aeroengines

The University of Manchester

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th April 2019
Closes: 30th June 2019

Supervisors: Prof Ping Xiao

Project Description

The successful candidate(s) will join large research team in School of Materials, University of Manchester to develop thermal and environmental barrier coatings for next generation aeroengines. The coating research group in School of Materials has collaborated with Rolls-Royce for 20 years and has been involved in development of ceramic coatings for aeroengine applications, initially on thermal barrier coatings, now extend to study of environmental barrier coatings. The appointed PhD student(s) will have opportunity to collaborate with Rolls-Royce both in UK and US to study ceramic coatings being developed for the next generation aero-engine. The project is focused on development of ceramic coatings with enhanced lifetime in aero-engine environment.

In this project, the student will use either well established coating techniques or develop new technique for manufacture of coatings, then apply world class characterisation tools available in University of Manchester to study degradation mechanisms of the coatings after thermal exposure of the coatings to environments similar to aero-engine. The goal of the research is to extend lifetime and to enhance performance of the coatings in such demanding environments. 

Please note, we would like students to start as soon as possible. This PhD is 3.5 years in duration.

Applications – please apply at

Informal enquiries should be sent to


The project is funded by Rolls Royce. Funding covers the full cost of tuition fees and annual stipend of up to £17,000.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Materials Science Materials Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

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