HDR Scholarship - Developing new materials for a hydrogen future

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Developing new materials for a hydrogen future'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor


GTP Research


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

A PhD scholarship is available for developing smart hydrogen compatible elastomeric materials. As Australia transitions towards to a low carbon future the integrity of pipe performance in contact with low carbon fuels requires investigation. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with a world leading materials research group within the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia. This scholarship is part of industrial engagement through Future Fuels CRC, supported through the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Programme.

The successful candidate will develop a new class of advanced materials based on stress responsive materials. Stress responsive materials are an emerging class of polymeric material that exhibit ‘recovery’ responses to mechanically induced deformation. While conventional materials exhibit structural disorientation/damage when subjected to mechanical stresses, the new material we develop will regain the polymer structure by incorporating self-healing capabilities when the stresses are applied. The successful candidate will undertake research towards understanding various types of self-healing mechanisms, polymer synthesis, structure-property relationship and material characterisation.

Project aim

The aim of this project is to develop new materials which are compatible with hydrogen under pressure. As part of this project the candidate will:

  • test and validate the new materials.

This project will result in:

  • a new range of novel elastomeric materials for application in the gas industry
  • greater knowledge with respect to compatibility of plastic materials with hydrogen.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed.


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 currently residing in Australia (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • 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:

  • Teamwork, observational and communication skills
  • A background in Polymer Chemistry and/or Materials Science or a related field
  • Experience in wide range of analytical, chemical and physical characterisation of materials
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Nolene Byrne.

Dr Nolene Byrne
Senior Lecturer
Email Nolene Byrne
+61 3 522 72609