MSc/MEng Research Studentship  Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - Ireland

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Phosphate free conversion coating by nanoceramic technology for the engineering industry

Project Ref: Nano1

Name of Project Supervisor: Dr Sean O' Muircheartaigh

Funding Body: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Researcher required for state of the art research into corrosion protection in collaboration with engineering world leaders Thermo King and APW Galway.

This is a forensically based environmental project using modern analytical techniques to develop cost effective conversion coating in collaboration with world leaders in paint conversion coating.

It is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This project uses modern forensic, analytical equipment including SEM, XRAY, IR UV and IC to optimise corrosion protection in terms of cost effectiveness and environmental conformance for world leaders Thermo King and APW, using new technologies developed by Thermo King suppliers Henkel, Carbon Group and Chemetall.

Qualifications (Minimum & Desirable) and/or Required Experience:

  • The candidate will hold an Honours Degree (2.2 or better) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a Related Discipline.
  • Personality and enthusiasm is as important as qualification grade.

    Research Environment: (Details of group, lab, facilities, etc.)

    The corrosion protection group in GMIT has been involved in research with Themo King Galway who are world leaders in refrigeration technology and their chemical suppliers Chemetall and Henkell since 1986.

    The most recent Master's degree student in the group was awarded the Johnny Dwyer award for best Chemistry project at the IT Research Colloquium , the only time GMIT has achieved this honour.

    The recipient Lynda Phelan is now working as a chemical engineer in Intel.

    The individual appointed will be working in the chemistry laboratories in GMIT, and will have full access to the college's formidable range of analytical instrumentation including atomic absorption, UV visible spectrophotometers, scanning electron microscope, X-ray fluoresence etc.

    In addition the salt spray chambers in TK and APW in Oranmore will be at the disposal of the team.

    Proposed Start Date of Vacancy: November

    Project Duration: 24 months

    Terms & Conditions:

    The student will be paid a grand of €1025 per month including college fees and any travel costs incurred during the project will be reimbursed.

    Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 10th November

    Further Information: Contact sean.omuircheartaigh [at] or phone 087 7503117

    Application forms are available on the GMIT website: MSc/MEng Research Studentship Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - Ireland

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