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Developing novel mechanical metamaterials

PGR-P-626

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Mamatha Nagaraj
Schools
School of Physics and Astronomy
Research groups/institutes
Soft Matter Physics
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Nature uses unique mechanisms to produce robust architectures such as biological exoskeletons, bones and wood. The internal lattice architectures of these materials are responsible for the structures being simultaneously lightweight and exhibit outstanding mechanical properties. Inspired by nature, the research on lattice miniaturization has developed rapidly over recent years. Artificial nano-lattice materials find numerous applications in biomedical implants, load-bearing structures, fast charging and high capacity batteries, porous membranes and cancer therapy. The focus of this project will be to establish routes to fabricate intricate three dimensional nano-lattices using liquid crystals, polymers and colloidal dispersion and test their applicability as mechanical meta materials.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Developing novel mechanical metamaterials&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/4119/dr-mamatha-nagaraj">Dr Mamatha Nagaraj</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>Self-Funding Students</p> <p>Funding Eligibility</p> <p>UK/EU &ndash; Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees of &pound;4,600 for Session 2020/21 and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate (currently &pound;15,009 in Session 2019/20) per year for 3 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p> <p>UK/EU/International - Alumni Bursary for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees if wholly or partially self-funding.</p> <p>UK/EU/International (Physics Only) &ndash; Bell Burnell Scholarship Award (Awarded by the IOP) paying Academic Fees of &pound;4,600 in Session 2020/21 and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate (currently &pound;15,009 in Session 2019/20) per year for 3 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p> <p>International Students (China Only) &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees of &pound;23,750 in 2020/21 for 3 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p> <p>International &nbsp;&ndash; School of Physics &amp; Astronomy&nbsp;Fee Only Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees of &pound;23,750 in Session 2020/21 for 3 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your&nbsp;application,&nbsp;please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>, or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project,&nbsp;please contact Dr Mamatha Nagaraj by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:m.nagaraj@leeds.ac.uk">m.nagaraj@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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