UK: PhD Studentships Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing University of Nottingham

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Description:The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering is one of the premier engineering faculties in the UK. The Faculty conducts research that has been recognised by the last Research Assessment Exercise as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing Nottingham in the UK’s top five universities for engineering. The Faculty is a vibrant and supportive environment in which to work. It provides state-of-the art experimental and computational facilities and attracts leading scholars from around the world, many of whom are leaders in their fields.

Applications are invited for a number of fully funded 3 year PhD studentships to work as part of the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG). Located within the Faculty of Engineering, the 3DPRG is widely regarded as the world’s leading Centre for Additive Manufacturing research, development and dissemination. The research group hosts the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, which is led from the University of Nottingham with Loughborough University as a partner. The aim of this EPSRC Centre is to work at the forefront of Additive Manufacturing and Three Dimensional (3D) Printing research with a focus on next-generation, multi-material and multifunctional Additive Manufacturing systems for the production of end-use functionalised 3D structures and components. Our current PhD projects are as follows:

  1. Printing of 3D tablets and pills with reactive ink jetting
  2. Characterisation of Ink jet printed objects
  3. Combining Multi-photon polymerisation with 2-Photon Reduction processes
  4. Modelling approaches to describe curing of 3D inkjetted polymers post deposition
  5. 3D Manipulation of graphene with optical tweezers
  6. A systematic study of multi-material printing
  7. Production of functional materials via ink jetting
  8. Enhanced electronic functionality through ink jetting
  9. Ink jet printing of composite materials for biomedical functionality and drug delivery
  10. Hybrid printing of high and low viscosity materials for multi-functional 3D Printing
  11. Selective Deposition of nanoparticles by 3D-Printing/Additive Manufacturing for smart implants
  12. Polymer Nanocomposites for Powder based laser sintering
  13. Design and Modelling of 3D Chemical Reactors
  14. 3D-Printing of novel micro-fluidic devices
  15. 3D Neural Networks via 3D Printing
  16. Online Control of inkjet deposition
  17. Area processing of metal parts
  18. Reducing solvents for Multi-functional Additive Manufacturing
  19. Manufacture of interconnections in Multi-functional Additive Manufacturing

The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees and a tax free stipend for three years (£13,726 for the 2013-14 academic year) for UK/EU students (due to funding restrictions). An additional £2000 a year may be awarded for students with a 1st class degree/MSc Distinction from a UK Russell Group University or equivalent.

Eligibility: Students must have a first or upper second class academic qualification in engineering, mathematics the physical or biological sciences or other relevant discipline. A Masters degree in a similar discipline and / or experience in the following will be an advantage: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing.

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Christopher Tuck, via the Centre Administrator, Mirela Axinte, .

To Apply: To make an application, please send a covering letter stating clearly how you fulfil the requirements of the studentship, your research interests and include a CV, academic transcripts and the names and addresses of two academic referees, to

Please quote ref: ENG767

Closing date 19 March 2014

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