EPSRC CDT in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials

Submitted by Ron Mertens on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:47

Graphene NOWNANO is a recently established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and is a partnership between the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster. It builds on the world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials at Manchester and Lancaster to offer a broad interdisciplinary CDT. PhD students in Graphene NOWNANO receive initial bespoke training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3½ year research project in one of 30+ top-rated research groups across 9 disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Medicine).

In addition to scientific training, the CDT offers many extras: residential student-led conferences, secondments provided by industrial partners and/or overseas academic institutions, innovation and commercialisation training, outreach events, opportunities to take part in business start-up competitions.

Key aspects of the programme:

  • 6-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques
  • Choice of interdisciplinary experimental, theoretical and computational projects covering a wide range of topics, from fundamental science of graphene and other 2D materials to fabrication, characterisation and modelling, nanodevices based on 2D materials, 2D heterostructures (‘materials on demand’), applications of graphene and other 2D materials in electronics, photonics, electrochemistry, composites, spintronics, filtration and separation, drug delivery, and regenerative medicine.

The UOM welcome applications from graduates with a good degree (first or high upper second) or an equivalent international qualification in science, engineering or medical disciplines. Graphene and other nanomaterials make significant contributions to clinical practice, so they welcome medics as much as physicists!

Applications are accepted from 1st October 2014 and all places are expected to be filled by the end of May 2015.