NSIRC student, Anna Wojdyła
With the help of a major award from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) plus a grant for equipment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and support from TWI industry contributors, NSIRC opened its doors in May this year to its first PhD student, Anna Wojdyła.
A graduate in engineering with a year’s experience in the wood coatings industry, Anna began her studies in the advanced materials laboratories at TWI under the supervision of TWI’s advanced coatings expert Alan Taylor. Her three-year structural engineering programme covers research into new coatings and surface treatments to protect low energy surfaces, with a focus on increasing the fuel efficiency and production capacity of large structures including aircraft, wind turbines and ships.
These new coatings will be used to counteract the damaging effects of natural erosion, ice build-up or fouling from insects or marine organisms. Anna’s degree is sponsored by industry and will be awarded by NSIRC lead academic partner Brunel University.