3D printing clean air!

About the project or challenge area

This exciting project will introduce you the fascinating world of 3D printing and porous materials, whilst focussing your attention on helping to solve one of the biggest problems faced by many around the world – air pollution. You will start by synthesizing a conjugated microporous polymer (with high adsorption capabilities, often synthesized in our research group). Once synthesised, you will prepare “inks” for 3D printing, containing your porous polymers and a variety of bio and other related polymer. These inks will be screened and tested (using our custom-built 3D printers, as well as other physical measurements) to assess their viability for printing. Once suitable inks are identified, they will be utilised to print simple functional modules to test for the removal a range of model air pollutants and gases (starting with I2 and NOx as a model compounds).

Why choose this opportunity?

The focus of your project will be on preparation, printing and purification. You will have the opportunity prepare various conjugated microporous polymers, formulate 3D printing inks for printing, and finally 3D print test modules for the removal of model air pollutants. You will therefore gain skills and experience typical for a modern materials laboratory.

This project will require you to collaborate with other members of the research group with diverse technical backgrounds, thus improving your communication, teamwork and networking skills. You will furthermore be developing a range of additional transferable skills, including presentation, scientific writing, and project and time management. Finally, you will be interacting with students from all over the world learning from their culture and skills, adding to your professional and personal development.

Full training will provided for all aspects of this project. In addition to your supervisor you will be assigned a postdoc or PhD mentor for the duration of your project, who will provide support and help you to identify any additional training needs or opportunities.

About you

You will have skills and knowledge in synthetic chemistry (and vacuum line techniques), analytical skills (with training provided for the analysis of porous materials), basic electronics and coding (for the 3D printers), team work and time management.  These skills are desirable but not essential.

Bench fees

A bench fee of £4000 is required. A small number of School of Chemistry Bench fee bursaries are available to part-cover bench fees.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Masters by Research Admissions Statement (PDF, 187kB). Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Supervisor

Your supervisor for this project will be Charl FJ Faul, Professor of Materials Chemistry in the School of Chemistry. You can contact him at +44 (0) 117 954 6321 or email Charl.Faul@bristol.ac.uk.

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Environmental Change theme is a vibrant community of researchers who integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to provide the evidence base and solutions to tackle the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Find out more about the Environmental Change research theme.

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