Nanotechnology/Chemistry: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: Development of porous silicon blood separation device for haemodialysis

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 31 July 2018

\This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.\*
This exciting and innovative PhD project will develop porous silicon technology for active membranes. These membranes will initially be used in high value-added healthcare applications – as a membrane for blood filtration.
At Swansea, we have the expertise to produce porous silicon with relatively large surface areas quickly and with low cost processes, with small pores to effectively and reliably filter blood for dialysis. The porous silicon membrane would be combined with a microfluidic blood separation system – which would be used to pre-filter blood. This system filters out cells, platelets and other micro-sized particles. The filtered blood would then be passed through the porous silicon membrane – designed to act as a haemodialysis membrane. Pre-filtering, using microfluidics, will prevent blood clotting when it is passed through the active porous silicon filter.
The project will initially develop processes to produce porous silicon and explore the conditions and control required to control pore size, shape and size distribution. The project will also explore methods of chemically modifying the material surface, to produce electrical and mechanical fields, hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces, channels and acoustic pathways, to facilitate the production of active membranes that can be controlled to separate species by charge/ mass or activity so that they can be streamed for retention or loss.
The key approach will be to develop a low-cost, high throughput hemofiltration system. Ultimately, this technology could be extended to desalination and other active membrane applications.
The PhD student will utilise the world-class facilities of Swansea University’s £22 million Centre for Nanohealth.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of ÂŁ14,483 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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