A fully-funded three-year PhD research position, funded by the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is available in the area of multifunctional nanocomposites at the Enhanced Composites & Structures Centre at the School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing at Cranfield University, UK. Successful candidate will be working on a pioneering scientific study in a vibrant multidisciplinary team of students, researchers and staffs, and will have the opportunity of collaboration with the University of Manchester and the scientists at The STFC Diamond Light Source in Oxford.

Micromechanical interactions between the nanomaterials and polymers are not well-understood, especially at interfaces of nanometer-to-micron length scales, pivotal for developing multifunctional polymer nanocomposites. The control of these interfacial micromechanical properties will provide self-toughening and in-situ strain measurements – this is central to the idea proposed in the EPSRC funded STRAINcomp project (EP/R016828/1; PI: Dr. Yazdani Nezhad). 
The PhD project aims to answer the question whether molecular dynamics (MD) simulation can aid to understand and tailor the properties of the micro-mechanical/structure of a nanocomposites. Such an understanding and quantification is the foundation of the PhD project.

The team at Cranfield University has already embarked on several pioneering scientific activities related to multifunctional nanocomposites for high performance eco-friendly transport structures, and the PhD project will contribute to a number of ongoing and future researches.The research is expected to lead to a self-tuning technology applied to rigid composite structures across various sectors e.g. aerospace, automotive, energy. The outcome of the research is expected to be published in top scientific and composite journals and world-leading conferences.

The student will have the opportunity of working in a multidisciplinary team in collaboration with world-leading Universities and Institutes in UK and Europe, carrying out scientific experimentation and computations at reputed national facilities, attending world-leading conferences such as the International Conference on Composite Materials, and receive training in molecular dynamics simulation and micromolecular measurements at Cranfield, Manchester and Oxford Universities.The student will gain an insight into the scientific needs for future smart and eco-friendly structures and will also be valuable for current industries.

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Micromechanical interactions between the nanomaterials and polymers are not well-understood, especially at interfaces of nanometer-to-micron length scales, pivotal for developing multifunctional polymer nanocomposites. The control of these interfacial micromechanical properties will provide self-toughening and in-situ strain measurements – this is central to the idea proposed in the EPSRC funded STRAINcomp project (EP/R016828/1; PI: Dr. Yazdani Nezhad).

The PhD project aims to answer the question whether molecular dynamics (MD) simulation can aid to understand and tailor the properties of the micro-mechanical/structure of a nanocomposites. Such an understanding and quantification is the foundation of the PhD project.

The team at Cranfield University has already embarked on several pioneering scientific activities related to multifunctional nanocomposites for high performance eco-friendly transport structures, and the PhD project will contribute to a number of ongoing and future researches.The research is expected to lead to a self-tuning technology applied to rigid composite structures across various sectors e.g. aerospace, automotive, energy. The outcome of the research is expected to be published in top scientific and composite journals and world-leading conferences.

The student will have the opportunity of working in a multidisciplinary team in collaboration with world-leading Universities and Institutes in UK and Europe, carrying out scientific experimentation and computations at reputed national facilities, attending world-leading conferences such as the International Conference on Composite Materials, and receive training in molecular dynamics simulation and micromolecular measurements at Cranfield, Manchester and Oxford Universities.The student will gain an insight into the scientific needs for future smart and eco-friendly structures and will also be valuable for current industries.

At a glance

  • Application deadline20 Sep 2018
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM0070

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, preferably with a postgraduate degree (MSc, MEng or equivalent). This project would suit those applicants with interests in scientific activities including microstructural analysis, constitutive material modelling and molecular dynamics simulation. Familiarity with softwares such as Abaqus, Material Studio and/or LAMMPS is desirable.

Funding

All applicants from any nationality are eligible to apply however the fees are sufficient at the level of UK and EU nationals. Overseas applicants must be able to pay the difference in fees.

 

About the sponsor

Sponsored by EPSRC, this studentship will provide an annual salary of up to £14,777 (tax-free) plus fees at UK/EU level for three years. Non-EU applicants are welcome to apply however should be able to pay the difference in fees between overseas and UK/EU studentship level.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This Network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration and create smaller communities of practice.  It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.


How to apply

For further information please contact: 

Name: Dr. Hamed Yazdani Nezhad or Dr. Saurav Goel
Email: h.yazdani-nezhad@cranfield.ac.uk
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 2204