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Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Maternity Leave Scholarships

The School will provide financial support for one session to female PhD research students who suspend their enrolment to have a child. The support will be equivalent to any scholarship they are required to forgo (up to a maximum of the standard APAI rate at the time). The aim is to ensure that these students do not suffer a reduction in income; the mechanism will depend upon each student’s individual circumstances. Requirements are that the student has been enrolled and receiving a scholarship for at least two semesters prior to suspending their enrolment and have demonstrated good progress in their studies, through timely and satisfactory completion of reviews, as a minimum.

2 PhD Scholarships – Segregation in Granular Free-Surface Flows

Stipend: $29,653 p.a. (tax-free)

Term: 3 – 3.5 years for PhD

Segregation is a process in which homogeneous granular materials composed of various species become spatially non-uniform. It can be caused by the sizes, densities and/or shapes. Its occurrence is of significant concern to the industrial sector involved with the processing and handling of bulk solids, e.g. in chemical, pharmaceutical and mining industries. The overall aim of the project is to carry out micro-mechanical analysis to understand size segregation of free-surface flows of granular materials with particular reference to a few key industrial operations.

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Applications, including CV and academic transcript, should be submitted to Dr. Zhou via email. Selection will be conducted until the positions are filled.

PhD Scholarship: Role of oxide grain boundaries in controlling high temperature corrosion of steels by CO2-rich gases

Stipend: $27651 p.a. (tax free), Term: 3-3.5 years

Since the 1990s, there has been growing concern over the potential for climate change induced by the release of CO2 gas from coal combustion in power generation. Solutions include capture and storage of this reaction product. Oxyfuel combustion is an emerging technology enabling the generation of a flue gas suitable for sequestration. In this process, coal is burnt in a mixture of oxygen and recycled exhaust gas rather than in air, leading to a flue gas mainly composed of CO2 and H2O. Investigating the corrosion threat posed by this highly reactive gas mixture to the materials such as the alloy steel tubing of superheaters, water walls, and other boiler components, constitutes an original challenge of practical importance. This project will determine the kinetics and mechanisms of steel oxidation and carburisation in CO2-H2O gases, and aims to suppress or limit carbon transport by selective adsorption of H-species and S-species (from the gas) and minority alloy components (including Si and Ce) on the grain boundaries. The role of oxide grain boundaries in the process will be investigated by using focused ion beam milling, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography.

Students with a Bachelor (with Honours) or Masters degree in chemical / materials / metallurgical engineering are encouraged to apply.

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PhD Scholarship – Recycling Waste Plastics in Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking

Stipend: $25,000 p.a. (tax-free)

Term: 3 -3.5 years

The project is financially supported by ARC – Linkage program and OneSteel.

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PhD Scholarship – Development of High-Performance Si/Ge Superlattice Thermoelectric Materials with Optimization of Lattice Periodic Thickness

Stipend: $24,000 p.a. (tax-free) + $10,000 p.a.supplement for APA award recipients

Term: 3 -3.5 years

The project involves developing semiconductor based thermoelectric materials, which can convert exhaust heat to electricity, for power regeneration applications.The project is financially supported by ARC Discovery Programs.

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PhD scholarship – Multi-length-scale actuation mechanisms in novel electro-mechanical materials

Stipend : $26,000 (tax-free), top up scholarship also available depending upon experience

Term: 3 -3.5 years

The purpose of this project is to investigate the underlying structural, nano-scale, and micro-structural mechanisms which give rise to useful electro-mechanical coupling in materials. Such materials find applications in many technologically significant areas including acoustic imaging and nano-positioning systems. Investigations will concentrate on the use of synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering techniques which will be carried out at national and international facilities.

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PhD scholarship – Mechanical properties of hydrogen-rich zirconium

Stipend : $26,000 (tax-free), top up scholarship also available depending upon experience

Term: 3 -3.5 years

The purpose of this project is to investigate the origin of the degradation of mechanical properties in zirconium metals as they absorb hydrogen. Zirconium alloys are key materials in the nuclear energy industry and other highly-demanding applications. A combination of mechanical testing and structural characterisation by synchrotron x-ray and neutron diffraction techniques will be used.

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2 PhD Scholarships – High-TC Superconductors

Stipend: $24,000 p.a. (tax-free) + $10,000 supplement for APA students

Term: 3 – 3.5 years

The work involves separating the subtle interplay between Competing/CooperatingSuperconductivity and Magnetism in YBa2Cu3O7-X with Nanotechnology. Both projects are financially supported by ARC Discovery Programs.

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1 APA Scholarship in Nanotechnology

Stipend: $22,500 p.a. (tax-free), plus top-up

Term: 3 -3.5 years for PhD

One APA scholarship is available to undertake research leading to PhD in the School for projects in nanoparticle (e.g., metal, metal oxide) synthesis, self-assembly and functional characterisation.

The scholarship is mainly applicable to Australian Citizens, or Australian Permanent Residents who have lived in Australia for the past 12 months.

Students with a Bachelor (with Honours) or master degree in a relevant discipline (Chemical/Materials/Chemical Engineering) are encouraged to apply. The top-up scholarship depends on candidate’s experience and achievement.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Xuchuan Jiang (xcjiang@unsw.edu.au)
    Applications, including CV and academic transcript, should be submitted to Dr. Jiang via email.
    Selection will be conducted until the position is filled.

PhD Scholarship – Characterisation of Lignite-Based Biochars

Stipend: $26,000 p.a. (tax-free)

Term: 3 – 3.5 years

The aim of the project is to characterise biochars derived from lignite through supercritical processing with water. These chars are used as soil amendments to promote plant growth and as an effective means of sequestering carbon in soil.

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PhD Scholarship – Metal Dusting

Project involves studying the phenomena using advanced, high resolution electron and focused ion microscopy, x-ray diffraction, metallography, as well as kinetic analysis of the gas-solid interaction.

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Ph.D. Scholarship – Multi-Scale Modelling of Particle Breakage in Grinding Process

Stipend: $24,000 p.a. (tax-free) + $8,000 supplement for APA, UPA, IPRS recipients

Term: 3 – 3.5 years

This project aims to develop a multi-scale model to simulate particle breakage in grinding processes in pharmaceutical and mineral industries. This is achieved by coupling microdynamic modelling based on the discrete element method with phenomenological population balance model. The proposed model is able to link grinding conditions with microscopic information at individual particle level, leading to an improved grinding efficiency.

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2 PhD Scholarships – Carbothermal Reduction of Metal Oxides

Stipend: $25,000 p.a. (tax-free)

Projects available include:

1. Carbothermal reduction of alumina, and
2. Carbon gasification in carbothermal reduction processes

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2 PhD Scholarships – Development of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics for Actuators and Acoustic Devices

Stipend: $27,000 p.a. (tax-free)

Term: 3 – 3.5 years

The aim of the project is to develop ground-breaking environmentally acceptable ceramics which form critical components in a wide range of domestic and electronic devices.

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