PhD Scholarship in Microfluidic Fabrication of Functional Materials (2020 Entry)
 Reference: 2003GCT_YR
 Length of Scholarships: up to 36 months, subject to satisfactory progression
 Programme  PhD Mechanical Engineering
 Place:  1
 Closing Date:  15 May 2020

Background in fluid and thermal engineering, material science and engineering or chemical engineering will be preferable. The candidates with material synthesis and characterization skills will be given high priority consideration.

The available PhD scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend (RMB4,500)
  • Medical insurance with designate providers
  • All above items are covered for up to 36 months based on satisfactory progression
  • All regulations set out in the UNNC PGR Scholarship Policy apply

In addition to the above scholarship, successful candidates also have the opportunity to carry out paid teaching (after complete Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training) or research assistant duties at UNNC from second year.

Available PhD research areas:

The above scholarship is to support research projects outlined under the following theme: 

Title of the theme: Microfluidic fabrication of ceramic multichannel hollow fiber photocatalytic membranes for gas purification and water recovery.

This PhD project aims to develop a facile and cost-effective way to fabricate ceramic hollow fiber porous membranes with multichannels using microfluidics. The fiber membranes will integrate with photocatalytic function which can be activated under visible light. The membranes will be applied for NOx removal and heat and water recovery from flue gas. Numerical and experimental investigations will be conducted in the project.

Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Yong Ren yong.ren@nottingham.edu.cn, but formal applications should follow the instructions in ‘How to apply’ section Please specify 2003GCT_YR as scholarship reference code when submitting application. 

PhD programme structure

PhD programmes at the UNNC are composed of 3 years research and submission is expected within 3 years for full-time students. PhD supervision is undertaken jointly by academics from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and the University of Nottingham UK (UNUK). On successful completion, students will be awarded the University of Nottingham PhD degree, and no reference will be made on the degree certificate as to where the degree has been completed. The University of Nottingham PhD degree will be accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


  • Applicants must have a first class honours undergraduate degree or 65% and above for a Masters’ degree from a British university, or the equivalent from other institutions.
  • Applicants must meet the required English language proficiency for the relevant subject area. IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all elements) or its equivalent is required for Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE) scholarship applicants.
  • More details can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ page of the website.

How to apply

No separate application is required for applying for a scholarship but please make sure you quote the scholarship reference number in your PhD application form. It normally takes 7-8 weeks for a final decision to be made after the closing date.  List of required documents can be found on the ‘how to apply’ page.