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Two Ph.D. positions on the synthesis, characterization, and modeling of energy-storage materials with nanostructures

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Two doctoral (Ph.D.) research assistant (RA) student positions are available on the synthesis, characterization, and modeling of high performance energy-storage materials with nanostructures.

The two positions became available because of an award from National Science Foundation (Award #1235769, Development of Enhanced Performance Energy Storage Materials Using Tailorable Percolation Networks of Nanofibers, PI: Amy Fleischer, Co-PIs: Gang Feng, Aaron Wemhoff).

Objective: The project is to develop a reliable and durable energy storage material with an enhanced energy transfer rate through establishing a well-controlled functionalized carbon-nanofiber network embedded in a phase change material.

Position Details:

  • The first Ph.D. RA will focus on the synthesis, functionalization, nanomechanical characterization and modeling of the functionalized carbon-nanofiber network.
  • The second Ph.D. RA will focus on the synthesis, integration, thermal characterization and modeling of the phase change material.

The two RAs will work closely and will both have strong experience in materials science and engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer engineering, and nanotechnology.


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Thermal Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Experimental and modeling experience in the field of synthesis and characterization of energy materials, nanomaterials and nanostructures is preferred (but not required).

To apply for either Ph.D. student positions, please send a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information for 3 references, all as email attachments in PDF format, to Dr. Gang Feng, Review of the applications will start immediately until the positions are filled. 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Gang Feng 
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085, USA

Tel: (610)-519-6654;  Email:

About Villanova University 

Villanova is a private university founded in 1842 and located in the Philadelphia suburbs. For more than a decade, Villanova University has been ranked #1 by US News and World Report in the Best Universities-Master's category in the northern region.

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