Engineering: Fully Funded EngD Scholarships: College of Engineering EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings
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Swansea University has been awarded major funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings.
The centre for doctoral training, led by Professor James Sullivan and Professor David Penney, has been co-created with a range of industry partners to produce 50 doctoral graduates who will develop the next generation of functional coated products. These include next generation energy producing coatings, smart release anti-corrosion systems and antimicrobial systems for healthcare. The centre will accelerate the translation of academic research from the laboratory to the factory whilst developing the industry leaders of the future.
The CDT will enrich graduates with additional professional, ethical and communication skills that will enhance their career prospects. Our graduates will actively engage with the wider community to promote coatings and STEM more generally with a view to increasing participation across the population.
“Coatings are ubiquitous throughout day to day life and ensure the function, durability and aesthetics of millions of products and processes. The use of coatings is essential across multiple sectors including construction, automotive, aerospace, packaging and energy and as such the industry has a considerable value of £2.7 billion annually with over 300,000 people employed throughout manufacturers and supply chains.
Most coatings surfaces are currently passive and so an opportunity exists to transform these products through the development of functional industrial coatings. For example, the next generation of buildings will use coating technology to embed energy generation, storage and release within the fabric of the building. Photocatalytic coated surfaces can be used to clean effluent streams and anti-microbial coatings could revolutionise healthcare infrastructure.
This CDT will provide a cohort of 50 Engineering Doctorate research engineers with a holistic knowledge of functional coatings development and manufacture and I am positive that their work will have a significant impact across multiple industrial sectors” – Professor James Sullivan
Currently available projects are:
- A new generation of functional nanomaterials: solvent–free synthesis of size-selected nanoparticles, atomic imaging and applications in catalysis, medical sensing, quantum optics and energy
- Development of Silicon Carbide Plasma etch processes for next generation power electronics
- The failure mechanisms of organic coatings on Zinc Aluminum Magnesium substrates under exposure to natural conditions and accelerated corrosion environments
- Mechanical Characterisation of CMSX-3 and CMSX-4 with Pt and PtAl Coatings Under Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Loading Conditions
- Sustainable Paints - Removing the Reliance on Fossil Fuels
- Formulating the Future - an Automotive Clear Coat for the Construction Market
- Large Scale Fabrication of Functionalised Carbon Nano-Materials
- Development of formable automotive steel grades through alternative steel making technologies
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.
To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:
- Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
- Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
- Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding
To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:
- Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
- Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
- Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.
If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.
The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.
How to Apply
Please visit the individual project advertisements to complete the online application form.
Informal enquiries about the scholarships are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk.
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