ARC Stipend Scholarships

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding candidates for PhD study in Chemical Engineering/Polymer Science for two available scholarships.

PhD Project – Mechanically Strong and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials 

A scholarship is available for a PhD student to conduct research in the area of high-performance flame retardant polymers. The research will be conducted under the joint supervision of researchers from the Centre for Future Materials at University of Southern Queensland (Dr. Pingan Song and Prof. Hao Wang) and the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland (Dr. Cristian Maluk).
 
The flammability of polymeric materials is a serious impediment to their practical applications in industry because flammable polymers have recently identified as the main cause of many fires that has given rise to many casualties and economic losses per year. This project aims to design high-performance flame retardants that enables the resultant polymers to possess simultaneously enhanced flame retardancy and mechanical strength. In addition, this project will evaluate their flame retardancy and mechanical reinforcement effects, and further establish the relationship between their- structure/compositions-performances.

A strong background and interest in materials science, chemistry and polymer synthesis are highly desirable. Applicants must show excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to conduct self-motivated research. International applicants should hold a Master’s Degree in the relevant research areas and have a record of publishing their research in mainstream scientific journals.

Please forward enquires and EOI's, preferably in the form of a single PDF attachment, to:
Dr. Pingan Song
Email: pingan.song@usq.edu.au
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Skype if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.

PhD Project – High-Performance Flame Retardant Polymer Foams by Bioinspired Nanocoating

A scholarship of $30,000 AUD is available for a PhD student to conduct research in the area of high-performance flame retardant polymer foams. The research will be conducted under the supervision of researchers from the Centre for Future Materials at University of Southern Queensland (Dr. Bin Yu, Dr. Pingan Song and Prof. Hao Wang). 

Polymer foams (PFs) are currently extensively utilised as high-rise building insulation materials and the interior decoration materials in automobiles and planes. However, these polymer foams are highly flammable, posing a huge fire threat to human, the environment and the economy. The aim of this project is to construct bioinspired high-performance nanocoatings for PFs with exceptional and durable flame retardancy via a layer-by-layer assembly strategy, and to understand the mechanisms for the flame retardancy and its durability of the resultant PFs. In addition, this project will evaluate their flame retardancy, durability and mechanical properties, and further establish the component-structure-properties relationship of the nanocoatings for the PFs. 

A strong background and interest in materials science, chemistry and polymer synthesis are highly desirable. Applicants must show excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to conduct self-motivated research. International applicants should hold a Master’s Degree in the relevant research areas and have a record of publishing their research in mainstream scientific journals. 

Please forward enquires and EOI's, preferably in the form of a single PDF attachment, to: 
Dr. Bin Yu 
Email: bin.yu@usq.edu.au 
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Skype if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English. 

  • A stipend of $30,000 per annum.
  • Successful international applicants will also be awarded a USQ International Fees Research Scholarship.
  • Maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.