|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|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, bio-printing for medical applications, micro-robotics, and materials science.
PhD project description: The field of medical therapeutics has valuable applications for mobile devices for efficient drug delivery, called micro-robots. Recently, 3D printing has been used to manufacture such devices with functional features that enabled them to respond to environmental cues, including temperature, pH, light, magnetic fields, and ultrasound. This project will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of medical micro-robots, exploiting combinations of functions to achieve advanced control necessary for complex and customisable micro-robots to provide personalised healthcare solutions.
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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