MPhil - Debondable structural Adhesives

Qualification: MPhil

Department: School of Chemistry

Application deadline: 30 October 2021

Start date: As soon as possible.

Overview

Supervisors 

Project description

This Industrial MPhil is funded by the Leicester Innovation Hub (through European Development Fund monies) and the sponsoring organisation Structural Adhesives Ltd.

Synthetic structural adhesives such as polyurethanes and epoxides are currently used to assemble and impart strength to numerous devices. While they are an essential component to most devices, being able to bond metals, inorganic and organic components they are also the main physical barrier to disassembly and recycling. Of particular concern is the assembly of drive-chain motors and battery packs. We have recently highlighted the economic barriers to recycling devices such as lithium ion batteries is the extensive use of synthetic structural adhesives. 

One of the main conclusions from the first critical review on design for recycling of lithium ion batteries was the need for de-bondable and sustainable adhesives. This project will highlight families of polymers that can be used and suggest rapid and cost effective ways of transforming them into structural thermoset polymers using cross-linking agents. The aim will be to use a variety of stimuli to de-bond the adhesives at end of life. The project will use a recently written review to produce structural adhesives which can be rapidly debonded. The work will involve the synthesis and characterisation of structural adhesives together with their mechanical properties. It will also characterise the conditions and rate at which they can be debonded.

European Regional Development Fund                                                                                            Midlands Engine

Funding

Funding

This Industrial MPhil is funded by the Leicester Innovation Hub (through European Development Fund monies) and the sponsoring organisation, Structural Adhesives Ltd.

The studentship provides:

  • Stipend of £1,166.67 per month for 12 months (total Stipend £14,000)
  • Tuition Fees at UK/EU rates for 12 months.

UK/EU or international* applicants can apply.  

*international applicants must be able to pay the difference between UK and International fees themselves. The difference in fees for 2021/2 entry will be £16,325.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BSc degree in Chemistry (Minimum 2i classification) or overseas equivalent.

Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable.

The MPhil student: 

  • have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline
  • adhere to project confidentiality; at the start of the project
  • assign any arising IP from the project
  • base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project
  • work closely with the SME company to undertake the research project
  • deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to the MPhil thesis. 

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How to apply

How to apply

Please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page and select January 2022 entry.

The MPhil start date is flexible so we will manually amend this if a different start date is agreed.

In the funding section of the application please include the project reference LIH437 MPhil Studentship in the space provided.

In the proposal section please provide the name of the supervisors and project title (a proposal is not required).

With the application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two referees in the text boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.

Eligibility

Eligibility

UK/EU or international* applicants can apply.  

*international applicants must be able to pay the difference between UK and International fees themselves. The difference in fees for 2021/2 entry will be £16,325.

The MPhil student must: 

  • have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline
  • adhere to project confidentiality; at the start of the project
  • assign any arising IP from the project
  • base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project
  • work closely with the SME company to undertake the research project
  • deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to the MPhil thesis.