PhD Research Studentships

SEMS/China Scholarship Council (CSC) PhD studentships for entry in September 2018

Apply by:31 January 2018


The School of Engineering and Materials Science is pleased to announce that it has been allocated China Scholarship Council (CSC) PhD studentships for entry in September 2018.

Under the scheme, Queen Mary will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants.

The School is seeking China Scholarship Council (CSC) Applicants for the following Projects/Supervisors:

Project Title

Primary Supervisor

Investigation of new electroactive materials for solar redox flow batteries

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido 

Novel additive manufacturing of metallic components with optimised shell structures

Dr Andy Bushby 

Pore-scale flow studies of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery using micro-CT imaging and Lattice-Boltzmann simulations.

Dr Edo Boek

The art of croissant-making to efficiently disperse nanoparticles in functional nanocomposites.

Dr Emiliano Bilotti

Optimal control and design of sustainable energy systems

Dr Guang Li

Multiferroic materials with strong electric-magnetic coupling

Dr Haixue Yan

Smart homes: Energy demand response management using ICT and Artificial Intelligence

Dr Hasan Shaheed 

A new paradigm for skin ageing combining high-throughput proteomics with nanoscale mechanics

Dr Himadri Gupta

Investigation of condensation and flow boiling of mixtures in microchannels

Dr Huasheng Wang 

Novel flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters (nanogenerators) for wearable applications

Dr Joe Briscoe

Design of a RNA-Delivery Hydrogels Regulating Stem Cell Phenotype

Dr Julien Gautrot 

Active Control and Guidance Systems for Airport Surface Movements

Dr Jun Chen

Microstructural regulation of mechanotransduction in bone graft substitutes mechanically loaded in vitro.

Dr Karin Hing

Single optical fibre imaging

Dr Lei Su 

Exfoliation of 2D nanomaterials in liquids: flow physics from molecular to continuum

Dr Lorenzo Botto 

Biophysical biomarkers to characterize cancer-associated fibroblasts in drug screening strategies

Dr Núria Gavara 

High mobility organic semiconductors with polar side-chains

Dr Oliver Fenwick

Distortion Analysis of Large Components in Aircraft in Machining from Billet

Dr Pihua Wen

Liquid Droplet Chemistry and Dynamics

Dr Rafael Castrejón-Pita 

Autonomous and Biomimetic Flight Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Dr Ranjan Vepa

Synthesis of sequence-controlled glycopolymers for lectin binding

Dr Remzi Becer 

Thermochemical conversion of solid biofuels to energy and renewable carbon materials.

Dr Roberto  Volpe 

High-order low-dispersion and low-dissipation computational schemes for flow and noise modelling from subsonic to hypersonic speeds

Dr Sergey Karabasov

Live cell imaging with light-addressable potentiometric sensors based on 1D semiconductor materials

Dr Steffi Krause

Interpenetrated architectures for battery and supercapacitor energy storage

Dr Stoyan Smoukov

Investigating vascular smooth muscle cell mechanosensing using 3D degradable matrices

Dr Thomas Iskratsch

Computational modelling of multiphase and particulate flows

Dr Yi Sui

Hierarchical self-assembly of collagen-mimetic biomaterials for regenerative medicine

Prof Alvaro Mata

Mechano-regulation of nuclear organisation and genome function to direct stem cell fate

Prof David Lee 

Composite polymer/ceramic microcapsules for improved drug delivery and external triggering

Prof Gleb Sukhorukov

Changes to the filler network structure in an elastomer composite under strain.

Prof James Busfield

Exploring Carbon-Ionic Liquids Interfaces for Metal-free Electrocatalysis

Prof Magdalena Titirici

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology in Cancer

Prof Martin Knight

Ultra-high temperature ceramics and composites prepared by field assisted sintering

Prof Mike Reece 

Modelling of Pseudo-ductile behaviour of hybrid composites with graded fibre properties

Prof Nicola Pugno

Pseudo-ductile hybrid composites with graded fibre properties

Prof Ton Peijs

Physicochemical Modelling of Multi-Component Liquid Biofuel Combustion

Prof Xi Jiang

Using synthetic biology methodology to better interfere in mechanotransduction

Professor Rob Krams

Metal-organic frameworks for energy conversion and storage

Dr Petra Szilagyi

Application Method:

Before applying you need to ensure that the School has the expertise within the specific area to supervise your research. To do this you should visit the School research web pages and review individual staff’s research interests.
If you are able to identify a match with your own research interests, the next step is to complete the online application process to an appropriate Engineering or Materials PhD programme:

Please remember to include a reference to the "China Scholarship Council" and also the name of the Project/Supervisor to associate your application with that studentship opportunity.

Candidates will need to demonstrate their proficiency in English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each of the other test components).

Candidates will need to submit a formal online application to the university by 31 January 2018.

If successful in securing an offer from QMUL, candidates will then need to apply to the CSC for approval and to confirm funding.

Further Guidance on how to apply for a PhD in general is available via:




  • The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
  • If English is not your first language, you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).
  • Candidates are expected to start in (Semester ).
  • SEMS and Principal-funded studentships: this studentship arrangement covers home tuition fees and provides an annual stipend for up to three years (currently set at the 2023/24 stipend rate of £20,622 pa)
  • Note that Queen Mary Research Studentships cover home-rated tuition fees only (See: for details)
  • Overseas applicants would be required to meet the difference between home and international tuition fees
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