UK: PhD Studentship in In-situ Monitoring and Alignment of Nanoparticles in Polymer Melts at University of Warwick

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Project Overview:

Effective dispersion and distribution of nanoparticles in polymer melts during mixing is critical to producing nanocomposites with enhanced properties. However, the structural evolution of the composite material and the processing parameters employed during melt mixing in twin-screw extruders has not been studied in detail. This project will focus on 1) using a range of spectroscopic techniques coupled along the barrel and in the extrusion die attempt to study the evolution of the structure of composites of model polymer – nanoparticle systems and 2) investigate the controlled alignment of nanoparticles in the polymer melt using externally applied magnetic fields. The successful candidate will be based in the newly founded International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM).

Awards available:  1 award available.

Funding Details:  Fees and maintenance at RCUK Level

Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Eligibility: Due to funding restrictions applicants should be Home (UK) students only

This project is available to start on 6th January 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to Jennifer Kirkwood atengd@warwick.ac.uk.

For further information, please visit: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/researchdegrees

Deadline:  30 November 2013

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