PhD – Postgraduate Research Studentship in Surface Engineering

Postgraduate Research Studentship in Surface Engineering,
Dalton Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Dalton Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University invites applications for the fully funded PhD studentship described below. Applicants should have, or would be expected to gain, a first or upper second-class degree or MSc in a materials, physics, engineering or chemistry – related subject. The studentship is for three years full-time and is only available to Home and EU candidates*

Reel-to-reel DBD plasma modification and coating of polypropylene

The need for greener technologies, reduced energy usage and lower material usage is clearly at the forefront of all future global manufacturing needs. Vacuum processing (i.e. film deposition or surface modification) imposes both handling and vacuum equipment costs for high throughput applications. Thus, in many cases, the preferred solution would be to perform the processing at atmospheric pressure. The dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) is one type of atmospheric pressure discharge that has been investigated. This project, therefore, aims to advance the development of new atmospheric plasma modification and deposition technology for plastic films, which will offer better performance and increased functionality (barrier properties, printability, coefficient of friction, hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties and optical properties) at reduced cost and will, therefore, become an enabling technology for the future. These criteria will be addressed through detailed investigation of the technology itself and the functional surfaces and coatings produced via novel, low cost, in-line, atmospheric DBD processing.

This is a collaborative project between MMU, The University of Liverpool and Innovia Films Ltd. The successful candidate must be willing to travel regularly to the collaborating partners.

The experimental programmes will take place in the Surface Engineering Laboratory at MMU under the supervision of Prof Peter Kelly, and at the Technological Plasmas Laboratory at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Prof James Bradley. In addition, as part of the research programme, the student will also spend time at Innovia’s facilities in Cumbria.

This studentship attracts an annual stipend of £12,000

Start Date: Available now

For further details contact Prof Kelly. To apply, please send an application form ( ) and full CV, together with the names of two referees to:

Prof Peter Kelly, Dalton Research Institute, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University,
Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD

Phone: 0161 247 4643

*Home and EU candidates are eligible for bursary and fees. Non-EU candidates are only eligible if they can demonstrate an ability to pay the overseas fees rate of £10440 pa.

~ by vascoteixeira on January 4, 2012.

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