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PhD project: Functional Structural Colour Devices through 3D Printing


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Sunday 15 September 2024
Reference:  ENG1724

Applications are invited for a PhD project within the Faculty of Engineering, in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing research group (CfAM, at the University of Nottingham. The student will work in world-class laboratory facilities in the CfAM engaging with interdisciplinary team with expertise in 3D printing, physics, and materials science.

PhD project description: Small, repetitive structures with spacings on the nanometre scale can refract and reflect light to create structural colours, which are being explored to produce anti-counterfeit markings, dye-free colour images, humidity and chemical sensors, anti-glare coatings and optical filters. This project will develop additive manufacturing of devices with actively controlled structural colour. You will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print the next generation of structural colour devices, integrating optically and electronically active materials, including 0D and 2D nanomaterials. 

An ideal candidate will have interest in 3D printing and its applications, knowledge of materials sciences and/or digital design, and an inquisitive spirit motivated to develop a world-leading expertise. They will have a background in engineering, materials science, or chemistry, but will also be willing to learn new disciplines and innovate to achieve the project goals. This studentship will prepare you for routes into both industry and academia, and will equip you with skills in photopolymer chemistry, materials development for 3D printing, device engineering, and materials processing for additive manufacturing. You will also develop skills in characterisation, including microscopy, mechanical analysis, and advanced spectrometry techniques.


  • Project start date and duration: start 1st October 2024 for 42 months.
  • Due to funding application restrictions, the position is only available for UK candidates.
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or first-class degree in a Engineering, Chemistry, or related physical sciences related discipline.
  • To apply, covering letter, CV and academic transcripts should be send by email to Dr Geoffrey Rivers, Please note applications without academic transcripts will not be considered. Please refer to the project title when sending your e-mail/application. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is appointed.
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