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Large Scale Fabrication of Functionalised Carbon Nano-Materials

Key Information


Academic: Dr. Paolo Bertoncello (1st), Prof. Serena Margadonna (2nd)

Industrial: Dr. Afshin Tarat and Ian Walters


Perpetuus Carbon Technologies (PCT) is a Welsh company specialised in the fabrication at industrial scale of carbon nanostructures (carbon nanomaterials, graphene nanoplatelets) for a variety of industrial applications. These materials can be produced at the ton scale using cost effective and environmental procedures. Perpetuus produce a porous nanocarbon that displays a capacity of 50 farads per gram and therefore, has the potential to be included within both batteries and supercapacitor’s that will provide enhanced capacitance when compared to other such components currently available in the global marketplace.

Project Aims

The overall aim of the project is the testing of functionalised carbon nanomaterials (graphene nanoplatelets and carbon nanotubes) as conductive material for application in the Energy sector, such as for batteries and supercapacitors. The as-developed carbon nanomaterials possess very high surface area and high electrical conductivity, which make them attractive as electrode material for batteries and supercapacitors.

  • Identify and fabricate composite materials using these carbon nanostructures in combination with ionomers, using state-of-the-art coating processes available at Swansea University to print prototype batteries and supercapacitors

  • Electrochemical testing of the prototype materials (such as charge-discharge, capacitance, etc.) using modern electrochemical methods

Note: The successful candidate will learn about the fabrication of these carbon nanostructures at PCT, whereas the printing processes and the electrochemical characterisation will be performed at Swansea University.


The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to providing top quality research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Sponsoring Company Perpetuus Carbon Technologies

Perpetuus Carbon Technologies (PCT) is a Welsh company specialised in the fabrication at industrial scale of carbon nanostructures (carbon nanomaterials, graphene nanoplatelets) for a variety of industrial applications

Company Website Eligibility

This position is available to individuals who are UK nationals, or to those who are a UK resident for a minimum of 3 years.

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application. 
Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility
Fees at UK/EU rate and a stipend of £20000 per annum for a period of four years. Projects costs of ca. £4,000 per annum 
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
Closing Date 1 April 2020

Start Date October 2020

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk