Engineering: Fully Funded EngD at Swansea: Low cost functional coatings for steel

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 30 April 2021
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Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Low cost functional coatings for steel based upon two dimensional nanomaterials

Start date: October 2021

Academic supervisor: Dr Richard Cobley and Professor Dave Penny from Swansea University, and Professor Satheesh Krishnamurthy from the Open University
Industrial supervisor: Dr Samson Patole and Dr Douglas Figueroa

Sponsoring company: Tata Steel UK

Steel products have numerous service condition challenges such as oxidation, corrosion as well as possible damage due to applied loads and stresses during different manufacturing processes. Two-dimensional materials such as Graphene, Molybdenum sulphide, HBN, and MXENE have shown promising properties for corrosion protection, high temperature resistance, im-permeability to small molecules, as well as ultra-low friction layer systems. Hence functional coatings and lubrication systems based on these novel 2d materials will enhance our product properties and performance. In this context, a wide range of potential market applications can be considered, such as: passivation systems for building products and CFPA packaging, impermeable coatings for tubular products and advanced automotive lubrication systems for stamping of automotive steel panels.

Project Aims:
Improved functional properties of these hybrid coating systems will differentiate Tata’s products, achieving a competitive edge in the market place. The project will seek to achieve the following objectives:
  • Develop and demonstrate solutions based on 2D materials that can deliver robust, viable coatings for the relevant applications,
  • Select material for application testing and optimisation,
  • Fundamental understanding of performance of the new hybrid 2D coating systems including barrier, passivation, and lubrication tests.
  • Evaluating suitability of coating application technologies such as roller coatings, chemical coaters, and other technologies.
  • H&S and environmental impact of these new hybrid 2D systems are to be evaluated (organic systems might be advantageous).

The success of the project will be evaluated upon the results of the work resulting in number of successful coating formulations that will lead either to publications or patents to secure IP in this area. Moreover the project will be the first step to build up a firm collaboration with Swansea and Open University in the issues important for R&D in near future.

This work will be complete as a collaboration with Dr Richard Cobley and Professor Dave Penney at Swansea University and Professor Sateesh Krishnamurthy at Open University as they bring the expertise in 2D nanomaterials and coatings technologies which is essential for the key success of this project.
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We welcome applications from candidates with a degree (minimum level 2:1) in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering disciplines or equivalent relevant experience that would enable the candidate to fulfil the role.

We would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‚ÄėInternational‚Äô candidates.


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.


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