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PhD Studentship - Developing Graphene-Reinforced Aluminium-Based Nanocomposites Through Heavy Shear Deformation

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 26th April 2020

Lead Supervisor name: Amor Abdelkader

Project description:

The unique set of properties exhibited by 2D materials suggested significant enhancements over traditional fillers in many composites. Of particular interest, graphene has shown obvious advantageous over other nanomaterials as a reinforcement filler for metallic matrix composites. The properties enhancement is more pronounced when there is a bond between the matrix and the additive. The aim of the project is to develop the next generation metallic matrix composites with high strength and high conductivity that can replace the conventional alloys in several aerospace, electronics, and electric power applications.

The student will develop and design the fabrication route of the graphene-metal nanocomposite with controlled microstructure and composition. The student will also conduct a comprehensive characterisation of the composites (microstructural features; mechanical and tribological behaviour).

The student will be joining a vibrant and fast-growing research group. The studentship is a part of the newly established Bournemouth University-Northeastern University centre for advanced materials research. Both institutes will jointly supervise the student, and the PhD work will be conducted at the advanced materials lab at Bournemouth University and the energy and environmental materials research centre in Northeastern University, China.  The student will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available, including a brand-new nanocomposites lab.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

The ideal candidate should have or expect to have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree (or equivalent) in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Physics or related discipline. A background in powder metallurgy or nanomaterials would be advantageous.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 26 April 2020.

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