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PhD Studentship: Graphene-inorganic matrix composites

Deadline: 9 July 2021

Location: University of Manchester

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Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship at the Department of Materials, National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester to work on graphene-inorganic composites. This interdisciplinary PhD project is ideal for a materials scientist, chemist, physicist or engineer looking to work on fundamental science relevant to industrial challenges for efficient use of energy.

This project aims to understand and control the interface between 2D materials and inorganic matrices to tune the properties of the composite. In particular, you will study (1) graphene-copper composites for electrical brushes in wind turbine generators and (2) graphene-SiC composites for high performance bearings. Both of these materials have complex multifunctionalities that require tuning of the graphene-matrix interface to deliver optimal performance and improve energy efficiency.

The techniques you will learn in this project include graphene and other 2D material production, surface functionalisation, composite production, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electrical spark testing, mechanical testing, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy.  

The project is part of a large collaboration with the Morgan Advanced Materials, a world-leading materials company who develop and manufacture metal matrix and SiC composite materials ( You will have the opportunity to visit their R&D laboratories in the USA and interact with their European factories. In addition, you will be expected to attend international conferences.

You will be based within the Advanced Nanomaterials Group ( which is a dynamic research activity comprised of four academics and ~35 researchers. This large group will give you the opportunity to interact across a wide range of projects. You will be working in the National Graphene Institute and the newly opened Henry Royce Institute hub. 

You will receive an additional £3k per year stipend on top of the EPSRC stipend due to the collaboration with Morgan Advanced Materials.

Please contact Prof. Ian Kinloch ( or Dr. Cristina Vallés ( for further details.

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

The University of Manchester, prides itself on commitment to fairness, inclusion and respect in everything they do. Applications are welcomed from people of all backgrounds and identities, and encourage you to bring your whole self to work and study. The University will ensure that your application is given full consideration without regard to your race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, age, marital or pregnancy status, or socioeconomic background. All PhD places will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Anthony Morris ( Anthony Morris is not involved in recruitment decisions.

Published: June 10th, 2021
Posted in Funding Opportunities

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