Multi-scale modelling and risk assessment for inhaled carbon nanotubes

The successful candidate will generate new knowledge on carbon nanotubes geometry towards risk potential by developing transport models and risk assessment infrastructure through cross-discipline integrations.

Value and duration

PhD stipend to the value of $28,000 AUD per year for 3 years.

Number of scholarships available



Applicants should hold a four year Honours or Masters degree in mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or in relevant disciplines.

Candidates with a background in fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), image processing/visualization, large data set analysis and data modelling are encouraged to apply. Prior research and publication experience and excellent communication skills are highly desired.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have a first class honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or a Masters by research degree in mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or in relevant disciplines
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Both domestic and international prospective applicants are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr Lin Tian:

  • current CV, including the contact details of 2 referees
  • Electronic of academic transcripts
  • a statement to outline your research interest and capabilities.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close once a candidate is appointed with intention to start in March 2018.

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB 10p).

Further information

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been extensively utilized in the design and fabrication of new engineering materials as they possess extraordinary properties. CNTs resemble the appearance of asbestos, a known inhalation hazard to human. With continued growth of nanotechnology industry, it is important to understand human inhalation risks to these new engineered nanomaterials.

This project aims to develop a risk assessment platform to evaluate human respiratory exposure to carbon nanotubes. The project expects to generate new knowledge on unique role of carbon nanotubes geometry toward risk potential by developing transport models, and create risk assessment infrastructure through cross-discipline integrations.

This project is multidisciplinary requiring knowledge of multi-scale fluid-particle dynamics, non-spherical particle dynamics, human/animal airway reconstruction, computational programming, visualization, data analysis and cross team collaborations. The project provides an excellent opportunity for high level multi-disciplinary research.


For further information please contact:

Dr. Lin Tian
Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
School of Engineering
RMIT University