Fully-Funded PhD Positionsin 3D Printing of Proteins

  • Phd
  • 13 December 2021

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (3 years) within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Johnson Matthey. The student will work with an interdisciplinary supervisory team with expertise in 3D printing, materials chemistry and biocatalysis.

Project title: 3D Printing of proteins for continuous flow biocatalysis and bio-adsorption

Supervisory Team: Ricky Wildman, Anca Pordea, Derek Irvine, Yinfeng He

This project will use 3D printing to support the development towards cleaner, greener processes. We will create new types of reactors that exploit high geometrical freedom and precise control of 3D printing and allow us to incorporate molecules that catalyse reactions.

The Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham uses state of the art 3D printing technologies, including stereolithography, projection stereolithography and two photon polymerisation. Exploiting our world leading capability in manufacturing, we will use these techniques to create new, complex designs suitable for highly optimised reactors.

We invite applications from candidates with knowledge and / or interest in 3D printing, process and materials engineering or catalysis with a background in engineering or physical sciences, including but not limited to chemical, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and chemistry. The studentship is an exciting research collaboration between supervisors based within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cfam) and the Sustainable Process Technologies Research Group (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/sustainable-process-technologies-research-group/index.aspx). The student will have access to equipment and expertise at the forefront of the 3D printing and of biotechnology research areas.


  • Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for home/UK candidates
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or first class degree in an Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline.


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Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to cfam@nottingham.ac.uk) referring to the project title. Enquiries can be made to ricky.wildman@nottingham.ac.uk

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