PhD Scholarship in Cure on Demand Resins

For PhD candidates interested in undertaking cutting-edge research into lightweight multi-material and functional structures as part of ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures.

Value and duration

$31,298 per annum for three years with a possible six-month extension

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a self-funded international student
  • have a first class honours or 2a honours or equivalent in materials, manufacturing or mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the higher degree by research.

Please read the RMIT University Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

How to apply

Please contact Professor Stuart Bateman at

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Further information

Recent work by CI Bateman for aerospace applications has shown that a new generation of “cure on demand” resins can be developed using cure trigger options including photo-polymerization and shear or thermal breakdown of micro-capsules. This new technique can be implemented in mass production, reducing cycle times and manufacturing defects.

The project will investigate the relationship between cure chemistry (extent and kinetics), material properties and trigger mechanism for automotive composite resin systems including new generation of reactive thermoplastics resins based on ring opening polymerisation of lactams to produce nylons.

The physical and mechanical properties of the resultant materials will be investigated using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscopy and positron annihilation spectroscopy. The rapid cure-on-demand resins will be investigated with novel fibre technologies, and form the basis for improved automotive composite manufacturing.

PhD scholarships are available for students interested in undertaking cutting-edge research into lightweight multi-material and functional structures as part of the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures.

The Centre brings together leading academic and industry researchers from RMIT University, Deakin University and Australian National University with key partner Ford and a consortium of local and international industry organisations.

The centre aims to develop a cohort of industry-focused researchers delivering new insights into the design and manufacture of lightweight multi-materials structures to underpin a new generation of low footprint smart and functional products for automotive and related applications.

The project is anticipated to be conducted in conjunction with Ford, CSIRO and CME.


For further enquiries, please contact Professor Stuart Bateman at