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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

(1) Nanocomposites for functional applications

(2) Aircraft materials manufacturing

There is no studentship at the moment, however self-funded students will be considered.


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Personal profile


Dr Dan Sun is currently a  lecturer (Assistant Professor) within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's. Her research interests include:  synthesis / processing of nanocomposites for functional applications, biomaterials and aerospace materials manufacturing.

Dr Sun obtained her B.Eng (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Materials Manufacturingn and Processing) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and her PhD (Mechanical Engineering -Tribology) from University of Southampton. Dr Sun also worked as a postdoct researcher at the Nanomaterials and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster. 

 She has established broad academic collaborations nationally and internationally, including Qatar University, University of Cabria, Italy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Southampton University, Leeds University, Ulster University, Nanjing University, Sichuan University, Tianjin University, Dalian University of Technology and Chongqing University in China.


Research Interests



  • Nanocomposites for functional applications
  • Biomaterials
  • Plasma processing 
  • Aerospace composites manufacturing



  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Topic Editor for Frontiers in Materials
  • Guest Editor for International Journal of Polymer Science
  • Editorial board member: Scientific Reports
  • Peer reviewer: Composite Structures, Journal of Composite materials, Biomedical Research International,  ACS Applied Mat & Interface, Biomaterials, etc



MEE1004 Mechanics of Materials

MEE7031 Research Methods & Data Analytics (Coordinator)

MTS 7022 Materials Selection and Characterisation 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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