Energy Innovation: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Development of environmentally friendly (nano) materials for various surface coatings

Closing date: 3 December 2021

Key Information

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*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.*

Start date: January 2022

Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is working on the green nano materials to develop alternatives to costly and environmentally hazardous waterproof analogues. The existing waterproof coatings are made of Fluorocarbons that are bio-persistent and very expensive. The novel and green materials, developed by ESRI, are potentially valuable materials as they can be applied to variety of surfaces to make them environmentally friendly and non-hazardous (e.g. when in contact with skin).

The main purpose of this post is to develop green and environmentally friendly nanomaterials for variety of surfaces. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the following areas: Identify the required surfaces, develop methods to apply the coatings, gathering, preparation and analysis of data, and present results.

This work can have numerous benefits for environment as well as improving the quality of life. This is because products coated with these materials can be recycled, have durability and used for longer, and can improve consumer’s satisfactions.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS 2 EAST scholar and is based on a 40 credit award.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree Chemistry, Physics, Material or Chemical Engineering or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK Fees (see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information). 

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 – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

For this scholarship students must also have:

  • a home address in East Wales (details below)* at the time of registration and enrolment
  • the right to take up paid work in the East Wales Area* on completion of the scholarship

East Wales * area covers: Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys, Wrexham and Flintshire

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic eligibility based on the above comparison, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 

Funding

The studentship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,937 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form. 

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II EAST support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master's Degree loan.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Shirin Alexander (s.alexander@swansea.ac.uk) regarding information on the area of research.

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form 2021-22
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form
  • 2 References (please ask your referees to email their references directly to KESSstudentenquires@Swansea.ac.uk)

*The references can take the form of a letter on official headed paper, or via the University’s standard reference form. Please note that references received via private emails accounts (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo) cannot be accepted.

Please submit both application forms and supporting documentation to KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

Application forms may be submitted in Welsh and any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For any other queries, please contact: KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 4pm (GMT) 3 December 2021.