Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Development of Green Low Surface Energy (Superhydrophobic) Materials for Various Surfaces

Closing date: 24 May 2019

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales.*

Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is working on the green low surface energy materials (LSEMs) to develop alternatives to costly and environmentally hazardous waterproof analogues. The existing waterproof coatings are made of Fluorocarbons which are bio-persistent and very expensive. The novel and green materials, developed by ESRI, are potentially valuable materials as they can be applied to variety of surfaces to make them environmentally friendly and non-hazardous (e.g. when in contact with skin).

The main purpose of this post is to develop green and environmentally friendly LSEMs for variety of surfaces. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the following areas: Identify the required surfaces, develop methods to apply the coatings, gathering, preparation and analysis of data, and present results. 

This work can have numerous benefits for environment as well as improving the quality of life. This is because products coated with these materials can be recycled, have durability and used for longer, and can improve consumer’s satisfactions. Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

For more details please see here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/energy-innovation-kess-msc-research-development-green.php

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree Chemistry, Physics, Material or Chemical Engineering or a related subject.

They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information). 

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

For this scholarship students must also have:

  • a home address in East Wales (details below)* at the time of registration and enrolment
  • the right to take up paid work in the East Wales Area* on completion of the scholarship

*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys, Wrexham and Flintshire.

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

Administrative contacts and how to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Shirin Alexander regarding information on the area of research by email (s.alexander@swansea.ac.uk).

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form Swansea 2019-20
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C on the KESS East Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

For any queries please contact KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 4pm 24 May 2019.

Funding notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point on the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form.‌

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)
Application deadline:
24 May 2019
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