|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, soft robotics, and materials science.
Project description: 3D-printing of soft robotics is a growing field, with many applications in biomedical devices, electronics, and autonomous machines. Actuators to drive these robots utilise electronic, chemical, pressure, magnetic, or thermal mechanisms, with the current generation having significant drawbacks, including low energy efficiency, high operating voltage or temperature. This project will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of soft-actuators. The overall aim is to develop and exploit new designs or new materials to attain large, fast, high-efficiency actuation responses comparable to living muscles.
An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences, mechanical engineering, 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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