Anti-biofouling and anti-erosion nanocoating for FRP composites in the marine environment

Project description

The high stiffness- and strength-to-weight ratios, superior environmental resistance and fatigue life, have led fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) composites being widely used in marine industries. As FRP composites allows complex shapes to be prefabricated, it suits most demanding engineering applications, such as offshore renewable energy devices. However, there are some challenges for FRP composites used in marine environment, including long-term exposure to moisture, numerous ionic species, microorganisms and erosion. One possible solution is the surface modification of FRP composites using nanotechnology. 

The aim of this PhD studentship project is to develop an environmental-friendly anti-biofouling and anti-erosion nanocoating for FRP composites in marine environment. The nanocoating to be considered in this project will be metal-base coating by embedding nanoparticles within the metal matrix. 

The successful candidate will liaise with a vibrant supervision team formed across Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Marine biology. The project involves experimental investigation and numerical simulation. The work will complement the existing EU project (InterReg SeaBioComp).


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification. 

The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,285 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees would have to cover the difference between the home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,405 per annum).

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Maozhou Meng However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

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Please mark your application FAO Doctoral College and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.

For more information on the admissions process contact the Doctoral College

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 1 May 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in the last week of May. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by the 2nd week of June should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.