Polymers for Medical Device Engineering: Laser and Plasma Interactions


Exciting APA (Industry) scholarship on an ARC Linkage project involving hermetic bonding of polymers. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.


Professor David McKenzie

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School of Physics

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The student will join a strategic research team which is developing bonding technologies for polymers and focused on successful commercial outcomes for industry. This PhD position is part of a collaborative research program between the University of Sydney, Cochlear Ltd and Raymax Lasers Pty Ltd.

Please note that an additional PhD opportunity exists in the physics and chemistry of polymer bonds.

Cochlear is a world leading manufacturer of implantable devices for the restoration of hearing to the profoundly deaf. Raymax Lasers is a Sydney based company that develops and supplies industrial laser technologies to industry. The project aims to develop hermetic bonding of polymers initially for biomedical applications using laser and plasma physics methods. New technologies will benefit from the ability to produce strong hermetic bonds between polymers without the need for adhesives.

This project is concerned with modification of polymer surfaces using plasmas and the bonding of the surfaces with state-of-the-art laser technologies. Surface analysis of polymers using techniques such as contact angle measurement and a range of spectroscopies such as FTIR, UV and XPS will be conducted.  Analysis and optimisation of the bonding mechanisms will be carried out using modelling, including finite element methods. This project will involve close interaction with Raymax Lasers.

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physics, polymers, chemistry, medical devices, implantables, hermeticity, bonding, laser, plasma, bonding mechanisms, Modelling

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 822

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