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PhD Experimental Investigation of various polymer films used for polymer laminated or coated steel packaging products

PhD in Experimental Investigation of Various Polymer Films used for Polymer Laminated or Coated Steel Packaging Products.

Project Overview

Tata Steel is one of Europe’s leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and the Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel strip products to demanding markets such as construction, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata steel also produces food-safe polymer coated steel for can-making. The aim is to investigate various packaging polymers. Developing an understanding of lamination process, adhesion, hardness of polymers then allows for robust products.

We are looking for a PhD student to join our team and work on an exciting research program to synthesise the next generations polymeric coatings and laminates to be used in can-making and food packaging. With these next generation of coatings, the aim is to establish the links between fundamental polymer properties and coating performance by investigating various polymer-based materials, including biopolymers and nanocomposites. The lamination process of these new polymeric materials will be studied and investigate use for future products. The characterisation techniques include electron microscopy, mechanical testing, thermal analysis and tribology.

This fully funded PhD studentship also represents an exciting opportunity to undertake research in close partnership with Tata Steel UK (https://www.tatasteeleurope.com). Their testing and research facilities are located within the University of Warwick Science Park (adjacent to campus). The successful candidate will be based within WMG but have access to the School of Chemistry during their candidature.

Applicants must be UK residents and should have a 1st or 2.1 degree in a relevant science or engineering subject, with a strong interest in polymer synthesis and materials characterisation. Initial general enquiries to Dr Tara Schiller (t.l.schiller@warwick.ac.uk)


Essential and desirable criteria

Applicants must be UK residents and should have a 1st or 2.1 degree in a relevant science or engineering subject, with a strong interest in polymer synthesis and materials characterisation

Funding and Eligibility

Standard PhD at UKRI rates: £16,062 plus industrial top up £3000 per annum 4 years

Funding is available to eligible Home fee statusLink opens in a new window and UK domicile EU students.

To apply

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form.

Key Information:

Funding Source: EPSRC iCASE

Stipend: £19,062

Supporting company: Tata Steel UK

Supervisor: Dr Tara Schiller & Prof Peter Scott

Available to UK nationals and Home fees students

Start date: October 2022