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Materials for 4D Printing (Df4DP)

The next generation of Additive Manufacturing technologies will utilise the combination of different smart materials with Computer-Aided Design to produce multi-functional structures. The aim of this PhD is to develop a better understanding of Polymeric materials for the 4D Printing, with a view of producing several working demonstrators.

We are looking for candidates who are sponsored or have their own funding. We are seeking highly motivated candidates to embark on this leading-edge doctoral programme. You will gain an understanding of 4D Printing in order to build your expertise in the materiality and principles that influence the shape change effect. Following which you will be expected to demonstrate your contribution to new knowledge by producing several practical product components from 4D polymers, such as smart valves and actuators. We are also happy to consider other research project proposals which could be negotiated between the applicant and the supervisor.

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university in a related discipline, such as Material Science or Mechanical Engineering will be beneficial. A Masters level qualification is desirable. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented with good analytical skills. We welcome candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.