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Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering

This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.

Number of places

1

Opens

6 September 2017

Eligibility

A first or upper second class honours degree (or equivallent) in degree in a relevant subject (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry). 

Project Details

Bacteria are able to generate a complex array of advanced materials, including cements and grouts for civil and construction engineering.  This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. 

In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.  This project is suitable for those with backgrounds in any of the following areas:  Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry.  This project will be based in the state-of-the-art Environmental laboratories in  the Deapartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

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How to apply

Please contact Vern Phoenix for information on how to apply.