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PhD topics for research students

Find below a list of currently available self-funded PhD topics.

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Additive manufacturing and sustainability
The Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing Research group conducts research on novel use of materials, design guidelines and the societal impact of using 3D Printing. This is a self-funded topic and t...
Self Funded
Generative models with diffusion
The powerful engines behind synthetic data generation in AI are diffusion models, aka, stochastic differential equations. A success story that draws a lot of public attention recently is the generatio...
Self Funded
System design to tackle plastic pollution in the plastic-packaging value chain
The PhD project will be linked to the UKRI funded project called PISCES: 'A systems analysis approach to reduce plastic waste in Indonesian societies'. In particular, it will support the 'Design' Work...
Self Funded
The impact of heat stress on human health, performance, and function across the lifecourse
The interaction between climate change, ageing, and sedentary behaviour mean the elderly are a highly vulnerable cohort for heat-related illness. This is a pressing public health concern given the num...
Self Funded
Life cycle assessment and circular economy for built environment
Information about the research projects Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has become the standard for environmental performance assessment of the built environment. Currently, a clear and commonly accepted ...
Self Funded
Machine learning for sustainable transportation systems
This is an interdisciplinary position at the intersection of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and transportation systems. The research student will work on research projects focused on developi...
Self Funded
Automatic computational fluid-dynamics
Computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) is undergoing a revolution from steady to high-fidelity unsteady methods.  A key time limitation to running CFD is in setting up a case to be run and processing data...
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Optimisation of geothermal energy extraction
Geothermal energy offers a huge amount of near zero emission energy, with a small ground footprint at extraction. This can be used for power production, heating, drying and energy storage. Existing oi...
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CFD modelling of plasma flow control
Active flow control can be utilised to modify fluid flow in advantageous ways without performance penalties of passive flow control.  For example, to delay boundary layer separation, or alter noise ge...
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Next generation electric vehicles
Electric vehicles (EV’s) offer benefits through energy security, energy efficiency, low emissions and precision in their control, hence the great interest in this technology from industry, academia, g...
Self Funded