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PhD opportunities are available a on a wide-range of projects, all with real-world applications.

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Current Vacancies

PhD Studentship: Multiscale Modelling of Corrosion Scales (Imperial College London)

We are all familiar with corrosion and its significant economic and environmental consequences. The current cost to industry is estimated to be over $2 trillion per annum. Current theories of corrosion are in large part based on the phenomenology of average behaviour and predict more of less successfully average corrosion rates for widely used metallurgies. This is often insufficient to allow us to generate new strategies for detecting, controlling and ultimately preventing corrosion especially in extreme environments. Recent advances in multi-scale modelling and in the in situ measurement of atomic scale processes in corrosion layers suggests that it may well be possible to generate a new predictive model of corrosion scale formation that addresses behaviour at macroscopic length and time scales but is rigorously based on a new understanding of atomic scale processes.

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year studentship in the combined quantum, atomistic and continuum modelling of the nucleation, growth and degradation of corrosion scales in the Computational Materials Science Group at Imperial College London.

The project involves the development of a continuum model to describe ionic and charge transport within realistic models of granular films. The model will be used to analyse the growth and degradation of, for example, oxide, sulphide and carbonate scales that form on steel surfaces in various environments. The reaction kinetics, diffusion and charge transport processes underpinning the model will be obtained from large scale quantum mechanical calculations.

This work will be conducted as part of a wider collaboration involving the Universities of Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cambridge within which state of the art in situ measurements of microscopy and spectroscopy will be used to elucidate the composition and structure of growing scales. The long term aim is to develop strategies for the prevention, mitigation and detection of corrosion.

Applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of two referees by e-mail to Professor Nicholas Harrison (

Centres for Doctoral Training

ICAM also has involvement with a number of Centres for Doctoral Training. Students taking part in these programmes undertake a taught year before progressing to an industry-set PhD research project.

More information on these courses can be found below: