Low Temperature Sintering of Monolithic Ceramics and Ceramic Composites – PhD Engineering (Funded) Ref: 3259

About the award


Prof. Shaowei Zhang, University of Exeter

In recent years, there has been a great interest in developing low temperature (<300oC) sintering techniques for high melting ceramics and their composites with other types of materials such as metals and polymers. Cold sintering and field-assisted sintering are newly emerged techniques which could potentially revolutionise ceramic processing technology. In this project, these two novel sintering techniques will be further developed and subsequently used to prepare several important types of monolithic ceramics and ceramic composites for various demanding applications. Microstructures of sintered materials will be investigated using modern characterisation techniques including XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman, and X-ray CT, and their properties examined by following the standardised procedures with the support from industrial collaborators.  
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.  Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend, so students will need to have another source of funding to cover their living expenses.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least a 2.1 UK Honours degree, an appropriate MSc or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in materials science/chemistry/physics/engineering.
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable, see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/.

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)
• Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.
• 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 31st January 2019. 
If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or 725150.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Application deadline:31st January 2019
Number of awards:1
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Postgraduate Research Office stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk