PhD Studentship - Novel Chemical and Physical Methods for Producing Nano-materials for Multi-layer Micro-devices

Degree: PhD
University: Cranfield University , Faculty: School of Applied Sciences
City: Cranfield , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Start Date of Studies
  • Admission deadline 31 March 2010
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Supported by EPSRC and the European FP7 project, studentships of up to £17,000 p.a. for 3 years plus fees* are available.

    Cranfield University is part of a large European (FP7) consortium that has recently been awarded £7m to develop novel methods for producing nano-materials for multi-layers micro-devices. Such devices have huge potential for commercialisation and new markets for micro-devices in the energy, healthcare and electronics sectors.

    To support this project we are looking for a graduate who is creative, practically minded and a self-starter who can develop novel wet chemical and supercritical drying methods for fabricating nano-ceramic particles. Cranfield´s activity within the project will also include the development of high power ultrasonics for dispersion of nanoparticles which will be formulated into sol gel inks for tape casting and advanced printing. The project will involve European travel and possible periods of research testing and applying the developed nanoparticles at European institutes, universities and industries.

    This PhD will involve working in a project team and will be intellectually challenging and interdisciplinary in nature, suitable for a graduate with a good degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics or engineering

    The successful candidate will work with Cranfield University´ s Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre, which undertakes leading research spanning from the development of new functional materials through to prototyping of micro electromechanical system (MEMS) devices. The Centre´s work is truly multidisciplinary and encompasses such diverse fields as microengineering, nanotechnology, biology, materials science, physics and chemistry. You will have access to 'state-of-the-art' hardware and software, and be part of a growing team that seeks to address industrial problems while maintaining a strong 'science and technology' base.


    *Supported by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Account (DTA) bursary and an EU studentship through the FP7 project, this studentship will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only and provide a bursary of up to £17,000 p.a. for three years.To be eligible for this funding applicants must have:

    o no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK, i.e. no visa restrictions or have `settled status´, and
    o have been `ordinarily resident´ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant and
    o not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

    All EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have `settled status´ in the UK.

    All non-EU nationals are very unlikely to be eligible for this funding under the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997.

    For full details about eligibility please visit:

    How to apply

    In addition to your CV, please complete the application form at:

    Alternatively, for more information and an application form please contact:School of Applied Sciences
    T: 44 (0)1234 754086



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