UK/EU students

EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Nanoscale Tomography and Chemical Analysis of Soft Materials in 3D

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award).  Additional contribution from Proctor and Gamble to be confirmed before commencement.  Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

1 October 2017 for 4 years.

Application closing date

1 July 2017.


The Surface Engineering and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL) at Newcastle University currently has the most comprehensive suite of equipment in Europe for analysing surfaces and interfaces, and includes the National EPSRC XPS Users’ Service (NEXUS). The techniques we use (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy) are physics-based. 

Specific detection and understanding of the distribution and penetration of macromolecules and polymers (surfactants, polymers, fibres, packaging materials) in consumer relevant materials (fabrics, hairs, tissues, biofilms, etc) are critical for product and technology development in consumer goods industry. This is a high-profile studentship in conjunction with Proctor and Gamble, but clearly the science developed here could be of very great significance to a wide range of soft organic materials in medicine, biology or polymer science, with the possibility of collaboration with a number of leading groups internationally and a very high profile of work. Certainly the equipment available to the student selected represents an internationally state-of-the-art investment of over £6m.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Proctor and Gamble

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Peter Cumpson, Professor Ian Fletcher, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in physics, chemistry, materials science/engineering or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:


For further information please contact Professor Peter Cumpson, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering (Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7911)