PhD Studentship – Fire Materials Research

PhD Studentship

 Novel Polymerisable Flame Retardant Surface Coatings for Polymers

 The University of Bolton – Institute for Materials Research & Innovation

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship, available from 1 November 2012 in the ‘Fire Materials Research’ team based at the Institute for Materials Research & Innovation (IMRI) at the University of Bolton. This project, in collaboration with Great Lakes Solutions (Chemtura Corporation, USA) aims to develop novel polymerisable surface coatings for polymers and composites using flame retardants capable of delivering action both in gas and condensed phases in a controlled manner.

 Applicants should possess at least a 2.1 Honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Sciences, Polymer Science, Materials Science or related discipline, or an MSc in one of the above, combined with good practical skills in materials handling and/or preparation.

 IMRI has a strong national and international reputation, and is supported by access to state-of-the-art infrastructure including materials processing and flammability testing facilities, clean room, nanomaterials characterisation, textiles and composites laboratories, complemented by a suite of materials modelling capabilities. IMRI has an established track record of funding for collaborative multidisciplinary research activities and facilities from HEFCE, Research Councils (EPSRC), TSB, EU and industry sources. Regionally-funded collaborative activities are performed through the Northwest Composites Centre and Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC). KCMC and its partners will offer active support to the Studentship where appropriate.

The PhD student will be working closely with other research students in IMRI and will report periodically to Great Lakes Solutions who are one of the World’s major producers of flame retardant chemicals.

 Prospective candidates can contact Professor Baljinder Kandola (email: or Professor A.R Horrocks (email: for an informal discussion relating to this opportunity. Closing date for applications is 17 October 2012.

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