HDR Scholarship - 3D-printing nanoscale materials

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic '3D-printing nanoscale materials'.

Project Supervisor


GTP Research


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

3D printing is a process of additive manufacturing that has revolutionized how the materials and devices we use are made. Traditional 3D printing technologies are currently limited by their ‘resolution’ which limits the dimensions of printed features to the micron-scale and is typically limited to a small number of polymers. Achieving even this micron scale resolution requires laser based printing systems and thus can be prohibitively expensive.

This project will utilize a newly discovered phenomenon which uses electric fields to augment and control chemical reactions in a way that allows materials to be deposited in a precisely controlled manner at nanometer length scales. This process can be utilized to both etch as well as deposit inorganic materials (e.g. SiO2, Al2O3, GaN, etc.) at surfaces with feature sizes on the order of ~ 1-5 nm. The controlled deposition of nanomaterials will form the basis for the 3D-printing platform. This project will involve both fundamental and applied research—first, to gain a comprehensive understanding of the physio-chemical mechanisms behind the electric-field control of chemical reactions and, second, to apply this knowledge to the synthesis of new and novel functional nanomaterials.

This project is looking for ambitious, curiosity driven researchers looking to work at the cutting-edge to accomplish something no one in the world has done before.

Project aim

The aims of this project are two-fold:

  1. To investigate and understand the physio-chemical mechanisms of electric-field controlled chemical reactions.
  2. The development of an electric field controlled 3D-printing system for the fabrication of innovative nano-materials.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Saturday 10 November 2018


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt (2018 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Ideal applicants will have a background or past research experience in the fields of Materials Science, Surface and Interfacial Science, Physical Chemistry, or related discipline.  Experience with Atomic Force Microscopy is desired but not required.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Wren Greene

Dr Wren Greene
Research Fellow
Email Wren Greene
+61 3 924 68278