27/02/2021
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

PhD - Design of sustainable biocomposites

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Strathclyde - Chemical and Process Engineering
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringChemical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/08/2021 00:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    United Kingdom › Glasgow
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Other
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    ex. 40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Plastic waste has a hugely detrimental impact on the environment and there is mounting pressure on industry to replace traditional polluting petrochemical polymers with sustainably-sourced biopolymers. However, for many applications, sustainably-sourced polymers do not yet reach the performance of oil-derived polymers. The performance of polymers can be improved by the addition of filler particles to form a composite material. The fillers are usually coated with a coupling agent, to help disperse the filler and make the polymer easier to process. While the nature of the polymer-filler interface plays an important role in the overall composite properties, the interface properties are often overlooked, due to the fact that it is challenging to characterise the interface experimentally. Molecular simulations can provide valuable insight into the interface structure and dynamics and predict how the composite performance depends on the interface properties.This project aims to use molecular dynamics simulations to understand how the interaction between filler, coupling agent and polymer influence the composite properties.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

Information about the host department can be found by visiting:

www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/chemicalprocessengineering

www.strath.ac.uk/courses/research/chemicalprocessengineering/

More Information

Benefits

The Research Excellence Awards are specific PhD projects that support the University’s strategic research ambitions. The scholarship provides full funding for tuition fees and living costs at Home/EU level. International students are welcome to apply but would require to pay the difference between the home and international fee amount.

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

All students (Home/EU and International) are eligible for University-funded Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS) awards. International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5). Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Strathclyde - Chemical and Process Engineering
United Kingdom
Glasgow
G1 1XJ
75 Montrose Street, James Weir Building, Chemical and Process Engineering

EURAXESS offer ID: 610554

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