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STM group or Roma TRE Engineering department will lead as a Principal Investigator for a European large collaborative Project (NMBP-07-2017 – 3,99 MEuro) aiming to understand the complex phenomen of adhesion in soft/hard interfaces at multiple length scales.
Among other partners, it is worth mentioning the presence of Fraunhofer-IWM, NPL, National Technical University of Athens, University of Limerick, Politecnico di Torino, Thales Research and Technology and some SMEs.
This PhD project will address the problem of adhesion using recent advances in the understanding of contact mechanics through multi-modal characterization techniques. The student must learn and use protocols for multi-technique, multi-scale characterizations of adhesion and interfacial phenomena using advanced contact mechanics testing, using next generation nanoindentation heads (including in-situ SEM nanoindentation) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
The focus will be on materials where the Surface Free Energy and wettability will be controlled by chemical treatments and nano-patterns, including (a) nanopatterned surfaces with super-hydrophobic behaviour and (b) nano-engineered super-hydrophobic coatings. Additionally, he/she will have to develop novel metadata structures for contact mechanics that will incorporate strategies for data handling, storage and evaluation along with the compatibility complemented with similar metadata structure developed for materials modelling.
If you want to join the roman group for an exciting research as a PhD student (extra-grant related to the project is available), read here: http://europa.uniroma3.it/bando2017/bando33eng.pdf