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Fully Funded UKRI and TREFCO Project PhD Scholarship: Development of Near Infrared Technologies for Improved Recycling of Batteries and Electronic Devices

Swansea University - Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2022
Closes: 30th January 2023

Funding providers: UKRI and TREFCO Project

Subject areas: Engineering

Project start date: 

  • 1 October 2023 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project description: 

This PhD will suit applicants who are keen to make a difference in how we utilise advanced materials in a sustainable economy. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Engineering will be suited to this position. The research focus can be adjusted depending on the experience of the successful candidate.

The aim of this research is to develop methods to improve recyclability of electronic coatings such as those used in batteries, sensors and other electronics. The successful candidate will develop (with support where necessary of the wider team) novel adhesive materials which can be ‘debonded’ using advanced near infra red heating techniques to enable electronic devices to be more recyclable.

Training will be given on a wide range of materials characterisation techniques (physical, chemical and electronic) and there is funding for specific external courses as required by the candidate. This PhD position is within the TREFCO project led by Swansea University and has 8 industrial partners, including battery manufacturers, recyclers, material suppliers and equipment producers. There will be opportunity to travel to project partners within the UK and Europe as well as funding to present results at international conferences.

Birmingham University is a co-collaborator and this PhD will require the successful applicant to collaborate closely with academics and other students at Birmingham. The project sits within two research centres at Swansea University the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating and SPECIFIC which means that the successful candidate will have the advantage of working in (and learning from) a multidisciplinary team of academics and industry partners consisting of scientists, engineers and experts in life cycle analysis.  

Interviews will be conducted 14-16 February 2023.

Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or similar relevant science discipline. 

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. 

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Funding

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £17,668 for 2022/23).

Additional research expenses will also be available. 

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