PhD Scholarship in the Discovery of New Inhibitors for Steel

Work with a major European company and RMIT to discover new green inhibitors for steel. Combine rapid and robotic experimentation methods with advanced electrochemistry to explore molecular surface interactions.

The successful candidate will investigate an ability of a wide range of small hetero-cyclic molecules to inhibit corrosion on steel. You will employ both high throughput methods and deeper analytical methods to firstly discover and then define the mechanisms of corrosion inhibition. 

$31,700  for 3 years with a possibility of an extension for 6 months.

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To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have first-class Honours or 2A Honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline of electrochemistry, chemistry or material science
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student currently in Australia and  meeting the minimum English language requirements
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT’s PhD entry requirements.

To apply, please submit the following documents to Professor Ivan Cole at

  • a cover letter (research statement)
  • a copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of two referees.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.
Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

20 September 2021.

Applications will remain open until a successful applicant is found.

This Phd scholarship is presented in partnership with BASF.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Professor Ivan Cole at

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