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07 Φεβ 2012 : MSc by Research – Control of the electrical properties of polymer/graphene composites

MSc by Research – Control of the electrical properties of polymer/graphene composites

Application deadline:
24 February 2012

Academic supervisors:
Dr Alex Skordos, Professor Stewart Williams

Industrial supervisor:
Dr Emmanuel Logakis, ABB Switzerland Ltd
 
Duration of award:
1 year
 
Award type:
MSc by Research
 
Supported by ABB Switzerland Ltd, a studentship up to £12,000 p.a. for 1 year plus UK/EU fees* is available

Cranfield University currently have a vacancy for a high-calibre graduate to undertake an MSc by research project in the area of graphene/polymer composites with a focus on the manipulation of local conductivity of these materials.

Since the isolation of graphene, in 2004, the fabrication of graphene-based polymer composites has attracted considerable attention due to the potentially vast enhancement of the host matrix properties. Graphene combines exceptional physical properties (electrical and thermal conductivity, tensile strength) with an extremely high surface area and aspect ratio. This allows the development of materials with enhanced properties at very low filler concentrations.

This project will focus on the development of a process that achieves manipulation of the local electrical characteristics of polymer/graphene composites. The work will involve the investigation of a novel physico-chemical route for the modification of electrical response of graphene nanoparticles, extension of this to the relevant polymer composites, the evaluation of the electrical behaviour of the composites and the production of a small scale demonstrator of the concept.

The successful applicant will be based at the Composites Centre at Cranfield University. This project is sponsored by ABB Switzerland Ltd. Significant interaction with the company and the industrial supervisor is expected.   

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have 2.1 or above UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics or Electrical Engineering.

Funding
* This studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only and provide a bursary of up to £12,000 dependent on qualifications and experience. Details on overseas student fees are available on our website at: www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/fees

How to apply
Informal enquiries should be made initially to Dr Alex Skordos.
E: a.a.skordos@cranfield.ac.uk

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form. For further information contact us today:
School of Applied Sciences
T: +44 (0)1234 754086 +44 (0)1234 754086      
E: appliedsciences@cranfield.ac.uk

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