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University of Hull offers clusters of science and engineering PhD Scholarships

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We are pleased to announce 15 science and engineering full PhD Scholarships for 2016 entry.

The University of Hull are offering over 40 Scholarships in total to UK, EU and international students, as part of its ongoing commitment to research.

The PhD Scholarships will be combined with investments in Post-Doctoral positions to build robust expertise in key research cluster areas. Each of the PhD projects are distinct and many are interdisciplinary or in collaboration with industry.

The Scholarships cover full fees for UK, EU and international students. UK and EU students also receive a tax-free maintenance stipend that is in line with Research Councils UK Doctoral Training Centre levels. The closing date for applications is 29 February 2016.

Professor Dan Parsons, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We are delighted to announce these PhD Scholarship opportunities and to  build a robust research environment around these important clusters of research. We look forward to many applications for these excellent projects.”

PhD Scholarships

The Scholarships offered within the Faculty of Science and Engineering are available in the following five research clusters:

Gender, Place and Memory, 1400-1900

These PhD projects form part of the Gender, Place and Memory 1400-1900 research cluster at the University of Hull which draws in academics and researchers from History, English and Geography:

Women walking the world: emotions, place and memory in English court records, 1400-1800

Women, property and the law: mapping sexual inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1708-1974

3D Printing of Bio-inspired Composites as a Cross-Cutting Capability

We are investing significant resources in creating a 3D printing research cluster which combines the expertise of chemists, engineers and physicists to create novel materials through rational design.

3D printing of functionally graded complex composites

3D printing: Bio-inspired self-healing composite materials

Catastrophic Flows

Catastrophic flows have shaped and reshaped our physical environment, and the humans that reside on them since the planet was first formed. The lessons we glean from these epic events in the past have the power to change the way we predict and survive future occurrences.

Scaling flood events and ecohydraulics in experimental models

Coastal system resilience under increased storminess

Simulating catastrophic flows on Mars

Quantifying the sedimentation of ignimbrites: understanding the behaviour of pyroclastic density currents through experimental modelling

Origins: From the Sub-Atomic to Clusters of Galaxies

We are pleased to announce four new PhD studentships within the University’s E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, spanning the sub-atomic to the largest scales in the Universe.

Nucleosynthetic yields and artificial stars

The cosmic distance ladder

Star formation in cluster galaxies

Extreme solar flares

Directed Self Assembly

These PhD positions are part of a major research initiative from the University of Hull to create a directed self-assembly cluster combining the expertise of chemists and physicists to create novel materials.

Directed self-assembly for metamaterials: physics and devices: geometries for nanophotonic applications

Directed self-assembly for metamaterials: physics and devices: optical and electrical properties of self-assembled metamaterials

Novel chiroptical organic/metal nano systems


For more information about the University of Hull Scholarships 2016, and to apply, visit www.hull.ac.uk/phd

New brochure showcases world-leading science and engineering research

A new brochure from the University of Hull offers an insight into the pioneering research undertaken by staff and postgraduate research students across its Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Research in Focus 2016 showcases the work of a range of leading-edge researchers and its real life impact.

Following interest in the first publication of this type from 2014 – ‘Inspired in Hull’, which highlights examples of exciting research from all departments in the Faculty – the new brochure also features PhD students describing the research they are undertaking, and a selection of exciting research news from across the Faculty.

Research in Focus 2016The publication, available online or in print format, has already been shared with other Universities and their students, from as far afield as China and Malaysia.

Professor Stephen Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering said: “Our 2016 research brochure highlights some of the novel and exciting research being conducted across the Faculty. I am immensely proud of our diverse and collaborative research that is addressing real world problems, from understanding how the Earth is responding to climate change to breakthroughs in ‘bench-to-bedside’ cancer treatments.”

Professor Dan Parsons, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, added: “We are committed to conducting excellent, world-leading research that addresses critical challenges in today’s world. Our most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework results reflect the work of our staff, researchers and research students in pushing the boundaries of science and engineering that is making a difference in the world.”

Research in Focus also includes the latest information about the high quality research environment at the University, and the investment in facilities such as the world-class Brynmor Jones Library and the Allam Building which houses a revamped biomedical research facility with two research centres – one focusing on cardiovascular and metabolic disease and the other on cancer. These are just two of the areas in which the University has an international reputation.

To request free printed copies of the brochure please email science@hull.ac.uk

Prestigious engineering medal awarded to University of Hull student for second successive year

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by the University of Hull.

Brian Houston, 28, whose research has included work for Siemens, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers Medal.

The award, by the prestigious Smeatonian Society, is only awarded once per year to a final-year student or young researcher.

It is the second year running a University of Hull student has won the award, after Mechanical Engineering student Adam Stephenson was chosen by the society to receive the medal last year. Read more

Lab on a Chip research wins digital award

The University of Hull’s pioneering ‘Lab on a Chip’ research has been recognised at the inaugural Hull and East Yorkshire Digital Awards.

Lab on a Chip won the award for Best Emerging Technology at the ceremony at the new C4Di headquarters on 22nd October.

Lab on a Chip is an innovative technology that enables scientists to build their ‘labs’ on chips – shrinking a whole laboratory, and all basic functions carrier out there, to chip size.

The research has led to significant developments in the fields of chemistry and biology, having been an international leader in the field for over 20 years.

Best Emergency Technology award, winner Lab-on-a-Chip. Pictured, from left, Amy Dawson, Rory Cellan-Jones, presenting the award James Greenwood digital director Strawberry and John Greenman Picture: Jerome Ellerby

Best Emergency Technology award, winner Lab-on-a-Chip.
Pictured, from left, Amy Dawson, Rory Cellan-Jones, presenting the award James Greenwood digital director Strawberry and John Greenman
Picture: Jerome Ellerby

Lab on a Chip has a range of applications, which includes producing individualised treatment plans for patients with cancer, heart or lung disease by studying living tissues on the chip.

It is also being developed to test for pathogens in water in resource-poor countries where water monitoring facilities are scarce.

The multidisciplinary research is carried out by academic staff from the areas of chemistry, engineering, physics, biology and medicine.

Professor John Greenman, a researcher in the Lab on a Chip group and Head of the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences said, “It’s fantastic that the pioneering work of many spread across the Faculty of Science and Engineering was recognised.”

“Understanding how biological processes work is the start of us being able to design new ways of treating disease, as well as enabling us to use existing drugs in a smarter way.”

The University had a strong presence in the awards with six shortlisted entries in total.

These included Adam Boyne, a Computer Science graduate who helped found video game firm BetaJester, who was shortlisted in the Young Digital Person of the Year Award.

Seed Software, based in the Department of Computer Science, which develops high-end software for UK fire services, was shortlisted in the Best Digital innovation category.

Computer Science graduates were also shortlisted for their software firm Arc Studio, which has expanded 50 per cent since launching a year ago, being shortlisted in the Best Digital Start-up category.

Lab-on-a-chip was also shortlisted in the Best Hardware category.

Engineering Professor receives prestigious international appointments

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Energy expert Professor Xudong Zhao has received several prestigious appointments to international academic and technological organisations.

Professor Zhao, from the University of Hull’s School of Engineering, has research expertise in sustainable and renewable energy, energy efficiency and building services technologies.

The appointments will help to support the growth and funding of the energy research team at the University of Hull.

Professor Xudong Zhao

Professor Xudong Zhao

The appointments are:

In addition to Professor Zhao’s new appointments, he also serves as the editorial board member of a number of internationally renowned journals including:

‘Future Cities and Environment’, ‘Journal of Energy and Power Engineering’, ‘Frontiers in Built Environment and Mechanical Engineering’, ‘Heat Exchangers’, ‘Sustainable Cities and Society’, ‘Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning’ and ‘Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering’.

Grants awarded in September 2015 (over £10k)

Dr C Wu, Dr J M Mi, £19,761, EPSRC, Feasibility study of ultrasound-enhanced catalytic esterification of pyrolysis bio-oil

Mr W Musk, Mr O Dawes, Prof M Elliott, £10,600, Natural England, Morecambe Bay Invertebrate Analysis, Biotope Assignment and Condition Advice

Miss K L Hemingway, Mr N D Cutts, Prof M Elliott, £11,650, Able UK Ltd, Black-tailed Godwit Foraging Preferences and Prey Take, intertidal mudflats, North Killingholme

Dr S Lukaschuk, Dr S McLelland, £14,800, University of Leeds, Modeling wave dynamic on jet currents in a flume

Prof B P Binks, Prof P D Fletcher, £82,262, Lubrizol Limited, Crude Oil Pour Point Depressants – Screening And Design Of New Products 

Dr G Ferrier, £10,014, NERC, 3D sub-surface geospatial models

University of Hull and Diamond Light Source fund major PhD Scholarship

The School of Engineering have been awarded funding for a major PhD Scholarship, jointly funded by the University of Hull and Diamond Light Source, the UK National Synchrotron X-ray facility.

The project, which begins on 1 October, will study novel melt-processing methods for recycled aluminium alloys.

Aluminium alloys, after steels, are the second most widely-used and strategically important metallic materials in the world.  There are a huge amount of aluminium alloy based scrap materials from mixed sources such as aircraft, vehicles and demolished buildings contains a variety of alloying elements and contaminants.

The technological challenge is that most recycled aluminium alloys have neither the quality nor the properties needed for high performance structural applications.

The project will study the fundamentals of separation and neutralisation of multiple impurity elements in recycled aluminium materials, using novel melt processing techniques.

Principal Investigator Dr Jiawei Mi said, “This studentship is a new funding scheme to support the joint research initiatives between the UK universities and the national laboratory. The chosen candidate is required to work at least one year during this studentship in the Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing beamline of Diamond Light Source”.

Image credit: Diamond Light Source, UK.

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