HDR Scholarship - Development of a predictive model for stone wool dissolution

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Development of a predictive model for stone wool dissolution'

Project Supervisor


GTP Research


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

This PhD position is part of a 3 year project, sponsored by ROCKWOOL International A/S, where the goal is to develop a predictive model for mineral wool fibre material performance in contact with solutions, as a function of fibre and solution composition, pH and temperature. Such a model will contribute to understanding product stability under a range of conditions, including biosolubility. Molecular simulations will provide key parameters about fundamental surface processes that are not easily accessible from experiments.

Project aim

The PhD student will use all-atom molecular simulations to predict the atomic-scale structure and properties of aluminosilicate glass surfaces, and their interfaces with aqueous solution, as a function of different conditions such as pH and solution composition.

The successful applicant will work as part of an international team, working in parallel and liaising closely with an overseas modelling team and experimental team (both based at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU). Personnel from the ROCKWOOL Group will be deeply involved in the project, with complementary experiments, general scientific discussions and monthly progress meetings. Each researcher will have her/his own challenges but will be tightly integrated into the team, who will work together to reach the goal. Publications and presentations at conferences are important aspects of the deliverables.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 5 August 2019


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • 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.
  • degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science and/or engineering or similar quantitative discipline

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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • strong interest in atomistic molecular simulation, and linux computing environments
  • excellent communication skills including a strong command of both written and verbal English

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Tiffany Walsh

Prof Tiffany Walsh
Professor Of Bionanotechnology
Email Tiffany Walsh
+61 3 522 73116