Conductive polymers – chemical compounds that consist of quasi-one-dimensional (1D) lattices of repeating molecular units – have long formed the functional building blocks for electronic components in molecular and organic electronics. Linking these molecular units into ordered two-dimensional (2D) lattices does not merely represent an extension of the 1D conductive polymers into a second dimension, but rather expands the availability of 2D materials beyond atomic systems such as graphene, boron nitride, and transition-metal dichalcogenides. This PhD project will explore an entire new class of functional electronic 2D materials where band structure engineering is achieved through rational molecular design. The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary research environment spanning widely from organic synthesis, materials science and characterisation to electronic device fabrication and physics of electronic materials and will be jointly supervised by Dr Christian Nielsen (Department of Chemistry) and Dr Jan Mol (Department of Physics and Astronomy). The candidate should have a strong background in organic electronic materials or semiconductor device physics, and a keen interest in bridging and expanding their chemistry and physics knowledge. The successful candidate will join a diverse and multidisciplinary research team and participate in exciting collaborations with leading international research groups, specifically the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN - https://www.iemn.fr/en/) in Lille, France. For more information, please see our group websites: https://nielsen-lab.com/ and https://mollab.uk/.
Supervisor Contact Details:
For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Christian Nielsen
Tel: 020 7882 5902
E-mail: [Email Address Removed]
To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Chemistry programme (January - Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:
If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).
This project is scheduled to start in January 2023. We shall be considering applications on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should make an informal inquiry via the information above.