HDR Scholarship - 3D-printing nanoscale materials

Deakin University


HDR Scholarship - 3D-printing nanoscale materials


A PhD scholarship is available in Deakin's Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). The PhD student will initiate and conduct research on the topic '3D-printing nanoscale materials' led by Dr. Wren Greene. The successful applicant will be based at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.


Research topic

3D printing is a process of additive manufacturing that has revolutionized how the materials and devices we use are made.  Traditional 3D printing technologies are currently limited by their ‘resolution’ which limits the dimensions of printed features to the micron-scale.  Achieving even this micron scale resolution requires laser based printing systems and thus can be prohibitively expensive.

This project will utilize a newly discovered phenomenon which uses electric fields to augment and control chemical reactions in a way that allows materials to be deposited in a precisely controlled manner at nanometer length scales.  This project will involve both fundamental and applied research - first, to gain a comprehensive understanding of the physio-chemical mechanisms behind the electric-field control of chemical reactions and, second, to apply this knowledge to the synthesis of new and novel functional nanomaterials. This project is looking for ambitious, curiosity driven researchers looking to work at the cutting-edge to accomplish something no one in the world has done before.


Project aim

The aims of this project are two-fold:
1) To investigate and understand the physio-chemical mechanisms of electric-field controlled chemical reactions.
2) The development of an electric field controlled 3D-printing system for the fabrication of innovative nano-materials.


Value and duration


  • $27,082 per annum


  • 3 Years

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Eligibility criteria

This scholarship is only open to domestic candidates (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizenship).

Applicants must 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 entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

Ideal applicants will have a background or past research experience in the fields of materials science, surface and interfacial science, physical chemistry, or related discipline.  Experience with atomic force microscopy is desired but not required.


How to apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Wren Greene directly via email.  Please include a current copy of your CV.


Further information

If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact Dr. Wren Greene via email or phone +61 3 924 68278.

In your application, please refer to Polytechnicpositions.com