|8th December 2023
|8th March 2024
Applications are invited for a PhD project within the Faculty of Engineering, in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing research group (CfAM, http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cfam/index.aspx) at the University of Nottingham. The student will work in world-class laboratory facilities in the CfAM engaging with interdisciplinary team with expertise in 3D printing, physics, and materials science.
PhD project description: Small, repetitive structures with spacings on the nanometre scale can refract and reflect light to create structural colours, which are being explored to produce anti-counterfeit markings, dye-free colour images, humidity and chemical sensors, anti-glare coatings and optical filters. This project will develop additive manufacturing of devices with actively controlled structural colour. You will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of structural colour devices, integrating optically and electronically active materials, including 0D and 2D nanomaterials.
An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences and/or digital design, and an inquisitive spirit motivated to develop a world-leading expertise. They will have a background in engineering, materials science, or chemistry, but will also be willing to learn new disciplines and innovate to achieve the project goals. This studentship will prepare you for routes into both industry and academia, and will equip you with skills in photopolymer chemistry, materials development for 3D printing, device engineering, and materials processing for additive manufacturing. You will also develop skills in characterisation, including microscopy, mechanical analysis, and advanced spectrometry techniques.
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