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Current PhD Projects

Once completing the MRes component of the course, the students then continue on to their three-year PhD. Below you'll find details of each individuals project which many have extensive support from industrial partners.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision also has a number of PhD students doing their studies in this area of manufacturing. Further details of these can be found here.


 

Additive manufacturing of neuromorphic devices and neural network architectures

The focus of the project is to research the design, additive manufacturing and characterisation of neuromorphic and neural network architectures.

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An inkjet/ultrafast laser hybrid for digital fabrication of biomedical sensors

The project focuses on developing a novel manufacturing method for high resolution digital patterning of functional materials for low volume manufacture of sensors using inkjet printing and laser ablation. The manufacturing challenges and future capability of the hybrid technology will also be researched.

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Anode materials for vacuum electronics devices

The project focuses on eliminating the anode’s contribution to outgassing and plasma formation caused by the near surface ionization of the outgassed neutral atoms by the desorbed electrons, thus increasing the lowest achievable pressure in vacuum electronics devices improving their efficiency.

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Application and development of Imaging and diagnostics for the real time analysis of metal based additive manufacturing.

Laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing is an industrially attractive technology due to the geometric freedom in part design and the ability to manufacture components with structures impossible to achieve via conventional machining techniques. The process is unfortunately slow and plagued with defects due to the non deterministic nature of the laser powder interaction. A novel multi beam arrangement has been developed to investigate different conduction mode beam scanning strategies for scaling towards high throughput manufacture.

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Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Technology For Ultra-Precision Engineering Of Optics For Applications In Aerospace, Defence And Science

New optical technologies increase the demands on the engineering specifications of optical surfaces, with manufacturing specifications of up to 1nm RMS form accuracy and 0.1nm RMS surface finish. To achieve these fabrication requirements novel ultra-precision methods must be developed. The proposed solution is microwave generated activate plasma figuring.

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BioLaser: Establishing a high-resolution Laser Ablation Tomography Platform for UK Bioimaging Research

Biolaser is an IfM and NIAB collaboration which aims to develop a laser ablation tomography platform that provides rapid, 3D imaging of plant material down to micron or even sub-micron resolutions.

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Characterising the Mechanical Behaviour of a 3D Printed Hydrogel Structures for Tissue Engineering Applications

High quality drug screening is essential for time and cost-efficient drug discovery and future personalized medicine. Key missing features of commercially available screening solutions are (a) the lack of a human-like 3D tissue microenvironment and the complex organization of multiple cells into organ tissue (organoids) to simulate proper organ function and (b) an understanding of the behaviour of such soft materials. This project contributes to the latter issue by developing a highly reliable method achieving high repeatability in measuring the elastic modulus of a phantom soft material in a 3D printed structure (specifically hydrogel).

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Creating 3D nanomagnetic circuits for applications in spintronics

In the 3D nanomagnetic paradigm, new physics phenomena such as new types of domain wall, 3D spin texture and dynamic effects have a great potential leading to new functionalities which will find application in fields such as sensing, actuating, information storage and ‘internet of things’.

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Design and development of solid state additive manufacturing techniques

The aim of this research project is the investigation of how cold spray, a process used to create metal coatings, can be applied to 3D structuring, and the development of a manufacturing process for the creation of bulk, high fidelity surfaces.

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Continuing my long project ensured I was ready to hit the ground running when I transitioned from MRes to PhD. 

Clare Collins, PhD