Nanocomposite bearing materials for next generation high performance/low emission internal combustion engine applications, Engineering –PhD (Funded) Ref: 3162

About the award


Professor Yanqiu Zhu, University of Exeter
Dr Adam Y Zhang  and Ignacio Tudela, Daido Metal Co Ltd, European Technical Centre

This PhD project is designed to tackle the key technical challenges of bearing for high performance large-bore internal combustion engine applications, to obtain advanced nanocomposites bearing lining materials with well-balanced fatigue and tribological properties to offer high lubrication efficiency and reduced fuel consumption and NOx/CO2 emission.
This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.  For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,777 per year tax-free stipend. 
The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 4 years of full-time study to commence as soon as possible or in September 2018.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry or other relevant engineering subjects. 
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 
• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 30 July 2018 or until it is filled. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus or via Skype, the week commencing 13th August 2018.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 722730.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Application deadline:30th July 2018
Value:£14,777 for 4 yrs
Duration of award:per year
Contact: EMPS PGR Team +44 (0) 1392 722730/5050