PhD Studentship Irreversible Temperature Indicating Paints


Research Topic: The preparation and characterization of new formulations for irreversible temperature indicating paints.


Applications are invited for the above PhD studentship that is offered through a collaboration between the School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham and Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce are world leaders in the development, manufacture, application and interpretation of irreversible thermochromic paints, which are used to measure gas turbine component temperature distributions up to 1300°C. There is an increasing requirement for the development of new products, which will ensure the continuity of this technology. The project aims to draw on expertise within the University of Nottingham and Rolls-Royce to develop new paint formulations which will increase the temperature capability and the achievable temperature resolution and accuracy of the paints, be compliant to the international environmental legislation, and be resistant to the engine operating conditions. This project will provide a high-quality doctorate student with an opportunity to gain experience within a global world-class engineering company.

Working alongside Professor Peter Licence, Professor Neil Champness and Rolls-Royce technologists, the scope of the project includes:


    • development of new thermochromic paint formulations, including systems with optimised surface properties and increased resistance to high-temperature erosion
    • development of new thermal melt systems
    • development of ultra high-temperature cement systems
    • development of paint formulations for use with automatic machine vision systems


The deliverables of the project include:

    • New paint systems
    • New thermal melt systems
    • New ultra high-temperature cement systems
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Students must hold or be on course to achieve at least an upper second-class chemistry degree (or the equivalent), and possess a good knowledge of inorganic materials chemistry, strong analytical skills, a robust scientific approach and be an effective communicator.


This 3-year studentship is fully funded at the standard EPSRC rates, and available from October 1st 2013. Funding for this position is restricted to UK and EU citizens only.


The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.


Application Information.

Students can download the application package here or Apply online

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Peter Licence (email:


Please quote ref. SCI/1259.


Closing date: 17 May 2013.


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