The manufacturing and surface integrity associated with the micro processing of polymers for medical devices is a scientific and technical challenge. The European Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN research project SIMPPER MedDev address these challenges and involves a consortium of 5 leading European universities, 10 industry partners who manufacture medical devices, and an orthopaedics hospital.
We are looking for a PhD-candidate to strengthen our research team, who will work on laser-based manufacturing for medical devices. You will be part of a cohort of 12 international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral early stage researchers and will be trained in personal, professional, academic, technical and intellectual skills. The PhD project:Laser micro-printing of biomedical multi-materials
Laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) is an innovative Additive Manufacturing process in which a small volume (e.g. 5 femtolitre) of a thin donor film is transferred to a substrate via a laser beam. In this project you will study the fundamentals of, and develop strategies to, combine metals and polymers via LIFT. This study is crucial for manufacturing of medical devices, as is LIFT of pure metals directly into curved polymers with high mutual adhesion. These challenges need to be overcome to obtain high mechanical stability, reproducibility and good adhesion for medical devices. The project is in collaboration with an industrial partner, and industrial and academic secondments are part of the project.
For more details, please refer to the project page