PhD scholarship in Chemical Engineering & Polymer processing for clean environment

PhD scholarships are available to work on various experimental projects on 2D material based polymer compound design for 3D printing of soft materials.

Elastomers are an important class of polymers that find applications in healthcare, aerospace, automotive, packaging and many other sectors. However, due to inherent physical, thermo-mechanical properties of elastomers, the additive manufacturing (AM) of elastomers remains challenging. Advanced functional materials are the key enabling materials for advanced manufacturing. Research on printable 2D materials based polymer/elastomer composite development for 3D printing of tyre tread represents the biggest knowledge gap in the current developmental cycle.

The aim of this project is to develop a robust advanced materials and printing methodology enabled sustainable process for elastomer compositions  for tyre treading  that will enable efficient and reliable renewal of tyre in short time by machine learning driven printing method. This will be accomplished by developing novel 2D material based elastomer composition and processing techniques for tyre formulation, with advanced 3D printing method. This project would suit a student who has strong interest in polymer processing and product development.

3 years / $33,826

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One (1) scholarship available. 

Candidates are expected to have a strong academic record of first degree (or equivalent) in Chemical/Materials Engineering/Nanotechnology, Polymer Science & Engineering

Interested candidates can send a letter and CV to Professor Namita Roy Choudhury using the email

Currently, postgraduate stipend is available to support research students towards the award of a 3-year PhD degree. Postgraduate awards such as the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), and several RMIT University Postgraduate award schemes are available to cover the fees for international students.

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