Engineering: Fully Funded EngD Scholarship at Swansea University: Novel Flame-Retardant Materials

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 27 May 2019

Start date: October 2019 Supervisor: Professor O Guy, Dr M Carta and Ms J Lloyd

Sponsoring company: TATA Steel - Building Systems

Since the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire in London 2017, the preparation of novel flame-retardant materials that can improve the fire safety standards in public and private buildings is a major priority for the construction industry and its suppliers.
In this project, we propose the synthesis and characterisation of novel flame-retardant materials to be used as additives in polyurethane foams. The proposed materials will be based on porous polymers, which typically have high decomposition temperatures (i.e., are very stable towards thermal decomposition once burned).
Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) are an emerging class of materials. Their porosity arises by the inefficient packing of their chains on the solid state, which leaves voids in nano-dimensions. 

They can be used for a wide range of applications including gas separation, gas storage, electrochemistry and catalysis. In this context, the most important characteristics of PIMs is their exceptional stability towards thermal decomposition / degradation. The nature of these polymers makes them excellent candidates as additives to be mixed with polyurethane foams, which are the most typical materials for insulation panels in public and private buildings.


We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

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


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