3D printing offers virtually limitless opportunities to design materials because it enables the control of geometry, material composition, and processing conditions at every point in an object. In the same way that biological materials are able to achieve properties far beyond those of their constituents through complex and locally varying structure, novel 3D printed materials could therefore feature unprecedented combinations of properties and functionality. Such new materials could enable whole new classes of applications including medical devices that feel like natural parts of a patient's body, wearable robots, or even 3D printed houses.
However, realising this potential requires us to understand the complex interactions that govern material properties in these systems. To address this challenge, this project will develop 3D printers that can learn how to make a desired material. The project will include building 3D printers and working with them to develop new materials and devices. The student will gain experience in a broad range of areas including machine design, materials science, and machine learning. There will also be diverse opportunities for collaboration to realise applications in, for example, wearable and medical devices.
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in an Engineering or related subject.
EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for UK students or provide fees only for EU students from outside the UK. Further details about eligibility can be found at: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/.
To apply for this studentship, please send your CV, undergraduate transcripts, and a cover letter describing any previous research experience as well as why you would like to undertake a PhD to Dr. Sebastian Pattinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrive no later than 15 February 2019, though applications will be reviewed as they arrive.
Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University's Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £60 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg.
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