Dr Connor Myant is a Lecturer at Imperial College London in the Dyson School of Design Engineering. His general research interests include: developing design processes for Additive Manufacturing, Bio Printing, digital manufacture, mechanical and product design, and Tribology.
***Just announced: Two new fully funded PhD scholarships available via the Imperial College Leverhulme Centre for Doctoral Training in Cellular Bionics. Details of each project below. If you wish to apply please contact me via email.
We have received highly-competitive research funding in the first ever round of Imperial's new Excellence Fund for Frontier Research (EFFR). Our project in collaboration with John Heap (Department of Life Sciences) and Guy-Bart Stan (Control Engineering Synthetic Biology) group will develop a novel technology for 3D printing with synthetic biology.
There are always positions available for excellent prospective PhD students and postdoctoral staff. Please contact Dr Myant directly if you wish to apply for a position in the area of Additive Manufacture Design.
Joining as a PostDoctoral Research Associate
If you are a highly motivated and dynamic post-doc with experience in design for AM or development of AM systems and you are looking to join, please email us with your CV.
List of PostDoctoral Fellowships
If you would like to apply for a PostDoctoral Fellowship to work in my group, this list of PostDoctoral Fellowships might be useful. In particular, if you want to conduct your own research, which is aligned with the core research work in my group, I can sponsor you for an Imperial College Research Fellowship for 3 years. Imperial College's prestigious Research Fellowships financially supports the brightest and very best early career researchers from across the world, providing a level of commitment and support that is rare from a UK university.
Joining as a PhD student
Information about the Imperial College PhD Scholarship scheme is available here. Additionally, information about all Scholarship Schemes (including a scholarships search tool) is available here. Furthermore, Ph.D. studentships in the Dyson School of Design Engineering are advertised here. For general information on the tuition fees and cost of living in London, please read this link. For other sources of funding you can also look at here and here (fees and financial help). Finally, there are also other PhD scholarship schemes such as for example the Crick PhD Programme.
Please check the College entry requirements carefully before applying.
PhD Studentship: Development of next-generation Bio-Printing
This project will employ a new 3D printing method that is merges the fields of synthetic biology and 3D Printing. 3D Printing has enabled the creation of complex geometric structures previously unavailable to design engineers and scientists. However, this vast new pallet of object geometries has been limited to non-living materials. The ability to create bespoke biological structures directly from a 3D printing process has so far alluded us. Current Bio-Printing methodologies are limited to the creation of cell cultures and scaffolds that allow cellular material to grow within them to create tissue-like structures. These simple materials lack sophistication, are non-functionalised and are reliant on the scaffold to determine mechanical properties. As yet, 3D printing has not been able to match nature's ability to create such structures. The focus of this project is to challenge this limitation and open a new era of bio-printing.
An exciting avenue for novel building facades is the use of bio-materials or bio-receptive materials that incorporate, and harness, living systems to improve façade performance. Building exteriors are an underutilized canvas that could provide a rich environment for cellular bionic systems in the following means: protection of building surfaces from weathering, the cleaning and repairing of exterior surfaces, the control of indoor temperatures and comfort, and by providing smart fire defences. In addition, cellular bionic building facades present an opportunity to create something delightful such as colourful designs that alter appearance and adapt with their surroundings, the weather and changing fashions. This project presents a novel definition of “smartness”, one that harnesses the embodied intelligence of bacterial organisms and their biofilms. Bacteria can react to novel stimuli in real-time, reproduce and self-repair as well as learn behaviour according to environmental circumstances. The possibility that we may create bio-facades that can communicate to their user, provide feedback and adapt to their environment proposes an initial step towards an exciting vision of the smart city of the future.
This project will investigate the potential use of bio-receptive materials capable of growing microorganisms directly onto their surface as novel cladding systems. This system will go beyond the current limitations of green walls, with the accompanying need for mechanical irrigation systems and expensive maintenance, and design cellular symbiotic systems that feed off their surrounding environment. Instead of building against nature, biological materials and processes will be integrated into structurally engineered materials and processes. By designing surfaces that are bio-receptive we will carefully select and grow bio-films that perform a desired function actively delivering a beneficial system.
Dr Myant works in the Robotics and Manufacturing research theme within the Dyson School of Design Engineering. He co-leads the Imperial College Additive Manufacturing Network; and is also a committee member for the Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering, Manufacturing Futures Lab, and the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Studies.
He is currently course leader for the 2nd year Mechanics for Design Engineers (M4DE) module on the Design Engineering Masters Degree in the Dyson School of Design Engineering. As part of his role at Imperial he is also a 2nd year coordinator for the Global Innovation Design (GID) programme between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art.
Prior to starting his lectureship Dr Myant worked in the ICL Tribology Group, where he held a Junior Research Fellowship studying synovial fluid lubrication of artificial articular joints. Dr Myant gained his PhD from imperial College London in 2010 on the development of experimental techniques for investigating lubricated, compliant, bearing contacts. Dr Myant graduated from the University of Exeter in 2006 with a Bachelors (BEng) in Mechanical Engineering.
Myant C, Reddyhoff T, Spikes HA, 2010, Laser-induced fluorescence for film thickness mapping in pure sliding lubricated, compliant, contacts, Tribology International, Vol:43, ISSN:0301-679X, Pages:1960-1969