Energy Innovation: Fully Funded Kess II MSc By Research Scholarship: Development Of Environmentally Friendly (Nano) Materials For Various Surface Coatings
*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.*
Start date: April 2022
Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is working on the green nano materials to develop alternatives to costly and environmentally hazardous waterproof analogues. The existing waterproof coatings are made of Fluorocarbons that are bio-persistent and very expensive. The novel and green materials, developed by ESRI, are potentially valuable materials as they can be applied to variety of surfaces to make them environmentally friendly and non-hazardous (e.g. when in contact with skin).
The main purpose of this post is to develop green and environmentally friendly nanomaterials for variety of surfaces. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the following areas: Identify the required surfaces, develop methods to apply the coatings, gathering, preparation and analysis of data, and present results.
This work can have numerous benefits for environment as well as improving the quality of life. This is because products coated with these materials can be recycled, have durability and used for longer, and can improve consumer’s satisfactions.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS 2 EAST scholar and is based on a 40 credit award.