Nanoarchitectured anti-corrosion coatings for zinc-plated steel

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Zinc-plated steel is widely used in buildings, households, and vehicles, but its long-term performance is limited due to corrosion resulting from exposure to high humidity or alkaline conditions. Currently, available chromium coatings are toxic, while polymeric coatings lack durability. This project aims to use nanotechnology to develop highly effective, multifunctional anti-corrosive coatings in which long-term protection is achieved by controlling the wettability and self-healing properties.

The applicant needs to have expertise in developing and characterizing inorganic nanomaterials, especially porous silica nanoparticles. Expertise in corrosion testing is highly desirable.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Nasim Amiralian

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of corrosion areas including stress corrosion cracking, corrosion mechanisms, and atmospheric corrosion to understand the long-term corrosion resistance performance and protection mechanisms of coating materials through corrosion testing will be beneficial.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of inorganic nanomaterials and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials , specially mesoporous silica nanoparticles and their characterization is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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