PhD Studentship Study to develop Green lubrication solutions for automotive engines

Ref: EngSci-nCATS-35
Research group: National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
Deadline: Applications will be accepted at any time until the position is filled.

This project aims to study surface modifications using chemical or physical methods to improve automotive engine bearing lubrication, where corrosion, biocompatibility and harsh environment are concerned. Studies have shown that chemically modified surfaces by forming a protecting film and surface texturing can both improve lubrication between contacting surfaces.

This study will investigate the feasibility of combining the chemical and physical surface modification methods to protect the tribological contacts in vehicle engines. It aims to reduce friction and wear between the contacting surfaces, prevent corrosion thus save energy and cost for the vehicles in a wide range of applications.

This research is partially funded by a DSTL case award studentship. Ambitious graduates with sound engineering, physics and chemistry background from high quality UK or worldwide universities are encouraged to apply.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Ling Wang, nCATS research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 5076.

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