Synthesising novel phases of carbon by shear-induced phase transformations

The PhD candidate will conduct research into developing new carbon materials for industrial and medical applications as part of a new project funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The record hardness and high refractive index of diamond-like carbons make them critical in a diverse range of applications from automated machining to quantum optoelectronics. 

This project seeks to develop new super-hard and tough carbon materials leading to more efficient cutting tools for industry and for the extraction and processing of minerals. The new diamond-like carbon materials are expected to have excellent barrier properties that could benefit the Australian medical device industry by extending the service life of implants, leading to better quality of life for Australians.

The results of our research into phase changes in carbon is also likely to be of interest in extra-terrestrial studies. By exploring carbon solids under the extreme conditions found elsewhere in our solar system, including on the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn and their moons, we aim to promote Australia’s culture as a scientific nation and help prepare humanity for future space exploration.

  • $34,841
  • 2 years (PhD 3.5 yrs)

One (1).

Honours degree in Physics or Materials Science.

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact Professor Dougal McCulloch by email with a copy of your CV to establish if your research interest and prior experience are aligned with this project.

Applications are open now.

31 December 2024.

For more information on this project area - please refer to some of our recent publications.

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