Supporting UK Composites

PhD Opportunity: Cellulose-Based Functional Materials for Advanced Applications

This studentship is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a large collaborative multi-disciplinary project comprising of experts in the following areas:

  • Polymers
  • Sustainable composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Manufacturing and green chemistry

At SRUC, we are working in a newly established research direction for transforming biorenewable and sustainable materials for the future through the integration across-disciplines. We are conducting research that enables innovative synthesis, processing and manufacturing technologies, with net-zero emission, for a natural bioeconomy with a key focus on the science and engineering of innovative materials into research, education, and public outreach initiatives.

The research activities are primarily in the areas of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Manufacturing, and Polymer Chemistry focusing on different classes/aspects of sustainable and functional materials. The work often encompasses synthesis, characterisation and miscellaneous properties measurements with a potential for various applications. Environmental aspects are also an important part of the research activities.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the industrial partners, external collaborators and a team of researchers at the SRUC in collaboration with different research centres. The objective of the research is to synthesise and manufacture cellulose-based sustainable and functional materials from UK Biorefinery for potential applications ranging from packaging, biomedical, automotive to aerospace depending upon the performance and functionality of the developed materials.

The key aim of this research is to investigate the use of different cellulosic materials derived from UK biorefinery targeted for specific applications as mentioned in the above-defined project and beyond. The packaging, biomedical, automotive, aerospace, electronics, oil and gas industries aim to use greener and environmentally friendly materials from sustainable sources for such applications.

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