Deakin - Coventry Cotutelle - Highly conductive and washable graphene-based ink for natural e-textiles

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project in ‘Highly conductive and washable graphene-based ink for natural e-textiles’ between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK).

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

Professor Andrew Cobley (Lead Supervisor, Coventry)

Dr Abu Naser Md Ahsanul Haque (Associate Supervisor, Deakin)

Dr Latha Krishnan (Associate Supervisor, Coventry)

Location

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (Australia)

Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Research topic

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project between Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia).

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Deakin University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 4 years.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend at least 6 months of the total period of the program at Coventry University, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

Most of the graphene ink development processes use unsustainable toxic solvents, a key obstacle for industrial production. Besides, till now the e-textiles prepared are mainly based on manmade fibres or natural/manmade hybrid, though pure natural fibre, such as cotton or wool has received rare attentions. These natural fibres possess superior heat transfer and moisture management properties compared to synthetic fibres, making them more comfortable next to skin. Therefore, wearable e-textiles based on pure natural fibres are more desirable to the users.

This research is built on our previous work and aims to provide a fundamental understanding on deriving graphene-based conductive ink through environmentally friendly solvents and its applicability on fabrics made from pure natural fibres using industry-adaptable method.

The innovation expected from the project will be particularly significant for e-textiles industry to derive additional benefits of using natural fibres and developing cleaner and more sustainable way of manufacturing.

Project aim

This project aims to provide a fundamental understanding on deriving graphene-based conductive ink through environmentally friendly solvents and its applicability on fabrics made from pure natural fibres such as cotton and wool, using industry-adaptable method, such as screen printing or dip coating. This project also aims to investigate the wearability, such as stability of the printed ink in repeated washing and against repeated extension and bending during its wear.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, 15 October 2022

Benefits

This scholarship is supported by Deakin University, is available over 3 years and includes:

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the Australian student visa
  • Full Tuition Fee Waiver for up to 4 years
  • Funding to support travel of PhD Student between Deakin University and Coventry University (UK)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry University, including English language proficiency requirements
  • enrolling full-time or part-time
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should firstly contact contact Dr Maryam Naebe to discuss the project before being invited to lodge a formal HDR application to Deakin.

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The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the 'Making an Application' page.  Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Stefan Greuter

Dr Maryam Naebe
Email Dr Maryam Naebe
+61 3 5227 2783