Materials Science & Engineering: Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Micro Smart Release Materials - from Academic Research to Industrial Applications

  • Phd
  • Full UK/EU tuition fees, plus stipend of ¬£16,500 for UK students only.
  • 10 July 2017

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in Materials Science & Engineering. Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. 
UK industry is currently facing a billion pound challenge to find successful materials substitution for hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI)-based anti-corrosion agents in organic coated metals. Cr(VI) use has been assigned a ‚Äúsunset‚ÄĚ date of 2019 by the European Union, after which it will be banned. As such, there is an urgent need to identify new, environmentally corrosion inhibitive technologies showing equivalent, if not better protective capability. This program of doctoral research seeks to incorporate new self-healing materials, such as ceramic nano-containers, hydrogen-bonded microcapsule reservoirs or conducting polymers into model organic coatings to identify promising Cr(VI) pigment replacements. In such technologies, self-healing agents are stored until their release is triggered by either the presence of aggressive ions, a change in pH/potential or mechanical damage to the organic coating. The program of work will exploit world-leading expertise in advanced electrochemical scanning techniques coupled with high throughput methodologies to quantify corrosion protection efficiency and provide mechanistic understanding of inhibition mechanisms.¬† The researcher will incorporate the new encapsulated technologies into organic and metallic coatings for use in commercial products. ¬†The work will look to protect technologically important light alloy surfaces, typically aluminium and magnesium aerospace alloy grades, hot dip galvanised and associated sacrificial alloy coated steel.
The studentship will not only be looking at high level academic research but engaging with industry partners from multi billion pound European companies.
This studentship is funded by Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd. The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017.


Applicants should hold a BEng, MEng or BSc in materials engineering/science or chemistry. Research experience in electrochemistry and corrosion is highly desirable.
Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


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The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £16,500 p.a. for UK students only.
EU students will receive the full cost of tuition fees only. 
There will also be additional research expenses of £3000 available.


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