DC 4

PhD Position (m/f/d) Development of Functional Polymeric Bioabsorbable Coatings for EMD Concepts

Project Description

This PhD-project will enhance the corrosion resistance of the Mg & Zn alloy systems being produced through the development of protective polymer, ceramic and biobased silk-fibroin coatings. This will target enhanced corrosion resistance through progressive layering of metallic substrates to enable a predictable breakdown of the protective layer(s).

The objectives of this project are to

(i) investigate the use of existing polymer-, ceramic- and silk-fibroin based coatings in multilayering configurations on the preferred Mg and Zc alloys.

(ii) Develop multilayer conformations to include X-ray marker and drug eluting systems in preferred coating.

(iii) Conduct in vitro corrosion testing to identify the most promising coating technologies for Mg & Zn based bioabsorbables metals under development, seeking to provide spatiotemporal control of degradation and

(iv) Integrate the coating processing (spray, dip-or electrophoretic principle) onto EMD prototype concepts under developed by DCs 6-13. This project would suit a candidate with an academic qualification in Mechanical, Biomedical or Materials Engineering (or related disciplines), and previous experience in processing and/or experimental characterisation of materials desirable.

Recruiting partner

University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

PhD enrollment

University of Galway, Galway, Ireland

Secondment host

Fibrothelium GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors

Prof. Ted Vaughan (Galway)
Dr. Ing. Alexander Kopp (Fibrothelium)

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