Intelligent Materials and Devices Scholarship

About this scholarship

Two PhD scholarships in the area of nanotechnology. Rapid advances in areas such as materials science, nano-biotechnology, biomaterials, sensor technology and advanced computing are leading to new products and processes which are radically revolutionising the Australian advanced manufacturing industry.
The PhD projects will focus on understanding the wetting behaviour of nano-engineered surfaces. Through a unique set of experiments, including advanced nanofabrication, the project will interrogate the mechanisms by which topographical and chemical properties of a solid surface trigger the formation of nanostructure-induced air pockets and how these events determine surface wettability. The experimental evidence will then be used to construct a model capable to predict wetting behaviour from readily-attainable surface descriptors.

Length of scholarship: 3 years.


The applicants should have completed Honours, MSc Degree or equivalent and have an academic background in one or more of the following: Atomic and Molecular physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Surface and Interfaces Physics, Physical Chemistry, Material Science or related disciplines.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV, cover letter and academic transcripts to Professor Krasimir Vasilev at and Dr Melanie Macgregor at