Graphene NOWNANO CDT: graphene 4-year PhD studentships

Submitted by Ron Mertens on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:57

Graphene NOWNANO is a recently established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) based at the University of Manchester in partnership with Lancaster University. 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 will receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3.5 year research project you will select from up to 40 available projects in 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). The CDT is run jointly with the doctoral training centre in nanoscience (NOWNANO, established in 2009, currently 62 students in the two Centres) thus extending further the opportunities for sharing expertise and exchange of ideas. Extra opportunities on offer: student conferences, innovation and commercialization training, joint events with other CDT’s, outreach events.

These contribute to building a group of outstanding scientists that will help to lead world research in graphene and other nanomaterials and development of their applications in the future.

Applications are invited for up to 12 fully-funded PhD places. We welcome applications from graduates with a good degree (first or high upper second) in science, engineering or bio-medical disciplines. Places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of funded places are also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK.

The programme

  • 6-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques, including 2 mini-projects in a choice of labs
  • Cutting-edge research where you will develop interdisciplinary skills
  • Choice of experimental, theoretical and computational projects
  • Topics include: Fundamental science of graphene and other two-dimensional materials; Experimental and theoretical physics of nanodevices based on 2D materials; 2D heterostructures: materials on demand; Synthesis, fabrication, characterisation and modelling of 2D materials; Applications of graphene and other 2D materials in electronics, photonics, electrochemistry, composites, spintronics, filtration and separation, drug delivery, regenerative medicine.

Applications should be made online here.