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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.


 

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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Design of a multi-sensor in-situ inspection system for additive manufacturing

This project aims to improve the reliability of AM processes perform in process monitoring with a novel multi-sensory system that is integrated into the build chamber.

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Design, fabrication and characterisation of hierarchical branching vascular networks

The main challenge in the research of artificially engineered tissue is the vascularization of tissue. The focus of the project is to develop, with an algorithm, realistic vascular networks in a given three-dimensional space, and the experimental fabrication and study of flow within the networks.

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Design, Fabrication and Functional Evaluation of Bactericidal Implant Surfaces

The aim of this project is to design, fabricate and test nature inspired bactericidal metallic surfaces for biomedical implant applications.

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Developing in-situ monitoring, analysis and control systems for the floating catalyst carbon nanotube fibre production process

This project aims to improve the process control and production stability of large carbon nanotube fibres through the addition of new sensors and better handling of sensor outputs and control input.

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Development and optimisation of an optofluidic nano tweezers system for trapping nanometre crystals for synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments

This project investigates optofluidic technology and evanescent field optical tweezing as more efficient and biologically compatible sample loading solution for micro and nano protein crystals, in synchrotron and free electron lasers (X-FELS) x-ray crystallography beamlines. The project is both sponsored and in collaboration with the Diamond light source national synchrotron.

Development and optimisation of an optofluidic nano tweezers system for trapping nanometre crystals for synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments - Read More…

Development of a Novel Atmospheric Pressure Plasma System for the Reduction of Water use in the Cleaning of Mirrors in Concentrating Solar Power Plants

This project aims to investigate and develop the use of atmospheric pressure plasma to clean and condition the surface of CSP mirrors, reducing or possibly even eliminating the need for water for cleaning purposes.

Development of a Novel Atmospheric Pressure Plasma System for the Reduction of Water use in the Cleaning of Mirrors in Concentrating Solar Power Plants - Read More…

Development of a precision fibre optic CO2 sensor for the potential use in healthcare assessment

This PhD project is focussed on fabricating a carbon dioxide sensor for healthcare monitoring. The use of optical fibre modulations and CO2 sensitive coatings will allow precise measurements to be determined.

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Development of camera-based systems for micro-coordinate metrology

New camera-based 3D measurement systems for high-precision coordinate metrology will be developed. Techniques to be considered include photogrammetry and fringe projection, including hybrid designs. A number of case study components will be measured using the techniques to demonstrate their performance with different geometries, materials and surface textures.

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Development of method(s) to assess mechanical properties (fracture toughness, elastic modulus and hardness) of coatings.

Coatings on the cutting tools is a long last sustainable business area and hence they need better and more accurate real time assessment methods of fracture toughness – an important property driving wear of coatings beside hardness and elastic modulus.

Development of method(s) to assess mechanical properties (fracture toughness, elastic modulus and hardness) of coatings. - Read More…

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

Clare Collins, PhD