HDR Scholarship - Low Cost Carbon Fibre and Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications

Applications now open

Two PhD Scholarships are available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Low Cost Carbon Fibre and Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisors


GTP Research


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

Carbon Nexus at Deakin University is Australia’s carbon fibre and composite research facility conducting research across the entire composite materials value chain from carbon fibre and new resins to composite manufacturing. Through a major industry partnership with Carbon Revolution funded via the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, two PhD scholarships are available to conduct research into low cost carbon fibre as well as long fibre thermoplastic carbon fibre composites.

The first project will explore the development of low cost carbon fibre through a fundamental understanding of the chemistry and physics of stabilisation and carbonisation of the precursor fibre. The knowledge gained will be used to develop methods that accelerate and control carbon fibre production.

The second project will explore structure/property relationships in novel long fibre thermoplastic polymer composites. The focus will be on improved processability during rapid composite fabrication whilst improving mechanical and thermal properties such as fatigue and durability.

These projects will be ideally suited for candidates with a passion for chemistry and composites materials science and engineering. Candidates will require a high degree of knowledge of carbon fibre production, polymer processing and composite materials.

Project aim

The aims of these two PhD projects will be to develop low cost fibre and composites through 1) the development of new approaches to low cost carbon fibre and 2) new high performance thermoplastic composites.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 14th January 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 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.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof. Russell Varley.

Prof. Russell Varley
Professor of Composite Materials
Email Russell Varley
+61 3 5247 9577