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Department of Materials

International student profiles

Yang Liu, PhD student from China, researching multi layer coatings for nickel based superalloys.


Min Nah Tong

Min Nah Tong - from Singapore

Post Doctorate Research Associate
Research Project - Processing and characterisation of yttria-stabilised zirconia

Upon completion of my MSc. in Polymer Technology in 2007 (where I obtained a prize for best MSc. project), I was offered this Ph.D project by my current supervisor (Prof. Jon Binner). It is a sponsorship from Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd. to work on a ceramic material for fuel cell application. The enthusiasm and determination to acquire, together with the thirst for knowledge always drive me towards advance learning. It is naturally appealing to take up the challenge.

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Aravind Mullath

Aravind Mullath - from India

PhD Student
Research Project - Process simulation and investigation of functional properties of injection moulded plastic hinges for packaging applications

I did my Bachelors Degree in Polymer Technology at Amrita University which is in my home city of Coimbatore in India. I then came to the UK to do an MSc and after working in the R&D Department for Kraft Foods, I decided to do a PhD at Loughborough University. Loughborough’s close links with industry and state-of-the-art facilities were a big pull and the Materials Department were offering a PhD opportunity in my particular area of interest.

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Shaghayegh Ghanizadeh

Shaghayegh Ghanizadeh - from Iran

PhD Student
Research Project - Nanostructured alumina (Al2O3)

I first came to the UK to study an MSc in nanoengineering after having completed my undergraduate degree in my home country of Iran. I decided I wanted to do a PhD and chose Loughborough because of its international reputation for high quality teaching and research and the outstanding student experience that the University offers. The Department of Materials also has strong links with industry which made it appealing.

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Yifei Zhang

Yifei Zhang - from China

PhD Student
Research Project - Spray freeze granulation of nanozirconia powders

I did my undergraduate degree at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China and came to Loughborough as part of the Loughborough-China Materials Partnership Programme. I had a very enjoyable time here as a LCMP student, and subsequently an MSc student, which is why I decided to stay at Loughborough to do my PhD

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Saranya Venugopal

Saranya Venugopal - from India

PhD Student
Research Project - Processing nanopowders and coatings for UHTC – carbon fibre composites

After doing my MSc in Materials Science in my home country of India I decided to undertake a PhD at Loughborough. The close links with industry and internationally recognised research capabilities and facilities available in the Department of Materials were a big attraction.

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Siyuan Qi

Siyuan Qi - from China

PhD Student
Research Project - Microwave assisted processing of metal loaded inks and pastes for electronic interconnect applications

I came to Loughborough through the Loughborough-China Materials Partnership Programme to do an MSc in the Department of Materials after having studied Materials Science and Engineering in my home city at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA).

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Evans Mogire

Evans Mogire - from Kenya

PhD Student
Research Project - Oxidation characteristics of power generation materials

I did my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical-Textile Engineering at Moi University in Kenya before coming to Loughborough to study for an MSc. The decision to stay on after that to pursue a PhD really was a no brainer. During my Masters degree I had the opportunity to interact with world leading researchers in surface science, metallurgy and polymers. I was impressed so much with the quality of research conducted and the backgrounds of the academic staff I just had to get a PhD position within the Department.

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