Seven Postgraduate Research (PhD/ CDT) Programmes at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Our research cuts across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, and we therefore invite applications for research leading to the PhD degree from scientists and engineers in all appropriate subjects who have an interest in any of our research areas. The main application sectors addressed by our research are: energy conversion; environmental protection; transport; electronics/optoelectronics; and healthcare. Across all themes the research is carried out with strong support from and involvement of industrial organisations. This close collaboration with industry, alongside our first class facilities, ensures that the Department is at the forefront of Materials Science and Engineering research.

PhD studentship in ceramic anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells
The proposed PhD project will focus on developing highly electronically conducting perovskite electrode materials that provide high performance with hydrocarbon and sulfur containing fuels in intermediate temperature (500-700 oC) solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The role of the PhD candidate will be to design new mixed ionic electronic conducting materials with high electrocatalytic activity for fuel oxidation. Within this area of research, you will master wet chemical methods, SOFC fabrication and measuring techniques. To gain insights into these materials advanced characterizations methods (i.e., XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, etc.) will be applied for structural characterization of these anode materials.

Supervisors: Dr Sivaprakash SengodanProfessor Stephen Skinner

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Start date: October 2019
Duration: 
42 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

28 February 2019>> How to Apply

 
PhD in hot corrosion of nickel superalloys for aero-engine applicati‌ons
Your project will help understand the fundamental effect of refractory elements on nickel superalloy corrosion. Nickel superalloys are used in the turbine blades and discs of aero-engines because of their outstanding mechanical properties up to elevated temperatures.

Supervisors: Dr Stella Pedrazzini (Imperial), Professor Mary Ryan FREng (Imperial), Professor David Rugg (Rolls-Royce plc)

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Start date: October 2019
Duration: 
42 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

31 December 2018>> How to Apply

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PhD in oxidation of nickel superalloys for aero-engine applications
Your project will involve production, oxidation and mechanical testing of new alloys.
Advanced characterisation techniques will be employed such as scanning and
transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and atom probe tomography (APT).
APT will be performed in collaboration with Dr Baptiste Gault at the Max-Planck Institute in Düsseldorf.Supervisors:

Dr Stella Pedrazzini (Imperial), Dr Baptiste Gault (Imperial/MPIE),
Professor David Rugg (Rolls-Royce plc)>> Find out more (pdf)

Start date: October 2019
Duration: 
42 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

31 December 2018>> How to Apply

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PhD studentship in mechanical properties of nacre-like ceramics
Natural materials have found ways around this problem by adapting their microstructure at multiple length scales. This architecturation provides failure mechanisms that increase their damage tolerance by orders of magnitude compare to the pure ceramic they are based upon. Starting from seashell’s structure blueprint, nacre-like ceramics and composites have been recently developed and can now get properties on par with some of the state-of-the-art composites used in aeronautic applications. With efforts and insights on these materials, we could be able to push even further their performancesSupervisor:

Dr Florian Bouville>> Find out more (pdf)

Start date: October 2019
Duration: 
36 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

9 December 2018>> How to Apply

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Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Oxide Heterostructures
In particular, you will study the interfaces between oxides and adjacent layers of other oxides, metallisation layers, or dielectrics in heterostructures relevant to electronic devices both for applications such as memory and data storage, smart and wearable devices, and highly energy efficient power electronics. These interfaces determine the overall device behaviour and therefore it is of utmost importance to understand the local chemistry and physics. However, this is complicated as interfaces are not a simple combination of the properties of the single layers. At an interface, large numbers of completely new interactions are possible and many are still poorly understood. However, if oxides are to be successfully used in devices, we need to understand what is happening at these interfaces.Supervisor:

Dr Anna Regoutz>> Find out more (pdf)

Start date: October 2019
Duration: 
36 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

30 April 2019>> How to Apply

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PhD in Electrocatalysis for the Synthesis of Renewable Fuels and Chemicals
The proposed PhD project is focused on the synthesis and characterization of advanced electrocatalysts for the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to fuels and the electrochemical conversion of bio-derived molecules. Within this area of research, you will master advanced wet chemistry and physical deposition methods for the preparation of model and nanostructured catalysts. Advanced characterization methods (i.e., TEM, SEM, XPS, etc.) will be applied for the physico-chemical characterization of the electrodes. An array of advanced electrochemical methods coupled with analytical quantification techniques will be employed to assess the selectivity, activity and stability of the catalysts.Supervisor:

Dr Stefano Mezzavilla>> Find out more(pdf)

Start date: October 2019
Duration: 
36 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

Until position is filled>> How to Apply

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PhD in Adhesion strength of environmental barrier coatings on SiC/SiC CMCs for aerospace ‌
This PhD project aims to study the adhesion strength of environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) applied on silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) to develop the next generation of gas turbines that are faster, cheaper, lighter, more efficient and less pollutant.Supervisor:

Dr Nasrin Al Nasiri>> Find out more (pdf)

Start date: as soon as possible (starting date can be agreed with supervisor)
Duration: 
42 months 
Position available: 
1Funding:

Only to applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date, or EU nationalsDeadline:

until position is filled>> How to Apply

 

 

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