The University of Edinburgh, Scotland – PhD Openings – September 2023

The university has open positions for doctoral research (PhD) in various streams including Biopolymers, Antimicrobial coatings, Coronavirus, and more.

One of the most prominent and illustrious institutions in the United Kingdom is the University of Edinburgh, sometimes known as UoE. It is situated in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. The university is a top research institution and is engaged in a wide variety of interdisciplinary research activities. It has made a significant contribution to developments in disciplines including science, medicine, engineering, and the humanities.

The university has open positions for doctoral research (PhD) in various streams including Biopolymers, Antimicrobial coatings, Coronavirus, and more.

1. PhD position in Antimicrobial coatings for biomedical applications

The market for antimicrobial coatings is expanding quickly. By doing this, the major issues brought on by bacterial adhesion and subsequent biofilm development on the surfaces of numerous devices would be avoided. The University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Bioengineering will conduct research that combines anti-adhesive techniques to inhibit bacterial adsorption with bactericidal techniques to produce efficient antimicrobial coatings.

Minimum entry qualification – an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, biomedical engineering, or cell biology, possibly supported by an MSc Degree.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Deadline: October 3, 2023

Also Read: Fully Funded PhD Positions – International Max Planck Research School for Molecules of Life | September 2023

2. PhD position in Biopolymers for packaging and membrane applications

The separation of gaseous mixtures using a membrane is acknowledged as a low-energy and low-carbon substitute for conventional separation methods. For membrane separation processes, particularly those used in the packaging sector, understanding the transport behaviour of various gases and liquids in novel materials is crucial.
The need to substitute bio-based and biodegradable materials for synthetic polymers arises when end-of-life issues become crucial in the membrane separation industry.

The aim of this project is to evaluate the replacement of current fossil fuel based plastics with bio based ones in sectors such as packaging and membrane separations. Materials considered include polyhydroxyalkanoates obtained by bacterial fermentation, polysaccharides, polycaprolactone etc., and their blends.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Deadline: January 27, 2024

Also Read: University of Newcastle, Australia – PhD Openings 2023

3. PhD position in Remote Destruction and sterilisation of the Coronavirus by RF/Microwave Wireless Power Transmission

In essence, the idea is similar to a typical microwave oven in that it allows for safe RF/microwave energy to be used to sterilise materials, surfaces, etc.

The new concept is to make this process remote so that an operator, or self-managed system, could sterilise a room or ambulance (for example), while not even touching the infected surface, air particulates, or handling any harsh chemical cleaner. The procedure essentially involves thermally heating a liquid film layer to inactivate the coronavirus and other microorganisms.

The proposed PhD research plan is to develop further a new methodology that can help combat the COVID-19 pandemic by remote microwave sterilization of surfaces and air particles using antenna radiation and wireless power transmission.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Deadline: November 22, 2023


Source: www.ed.ac.uk

Edited by: Achuth B S

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