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(A*STAR) Novel Emissive Materials for Displays and Agriculture

Department of Chemistry

Prof M Turner , Sunday, January 31, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Luminescent materials are used in a wide range of applications, including: sensors, brand protection, security, medical diagnostics, pathology, displays, communications and aesthetic effects. Organic materials have become increasingly prominent in many of these applications, as manufacturers look to use more sustainable materials with reduced environmental impact, lower power consumption and more flexible form factors. Electroluminescent materials convert an electrical input to an optical output, whereas photoluminescent materials convert an optical input to a desired optical output.

In this PhD project we will investigate the development of new materials for high photon energy (blue or deep blue) devices and applications. We will examine an alternative approach to efficient and stable blue or deep-blue OLEDs, via a triplet fusion mechanism and we will design novel materials to up-convert incident green to blue light to improve plant growth in agriculture. New materials will be prepared and characterised at the University of Manchester, these materials will be formulated into inks and processed into thin films from solution. The optical properties of the materials will be evaluated at A* and devices will be fabricated to investigate the performance of the materials in OLEDs and up-conversion films.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science, engineering or technology.

UK applicants interested in this project should make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. International applicants (including EU nationals) must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English Language) as outlined before contacting potential supervisors to express an interest in their project. Eligibility can be checked via the University Country Specific information page ( 

Some restrictions apply to applicants from certain Asian countries. In general, students from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan are eligible to apply for the programme. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from south-east Asian countries such as Singapore, China and Malaysia.

If your country is not listed you must contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team providing a detailed CV (to include academic qualifications – stating degree classification(s) and dates awarded) and relevant transcripts. 

Following the review of your qualifications and with support from potential supervisor(s), you will be informed whether you can submit a formal online application.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester and is at the heart of all of our activities. The full Equality, diversity and inclusion statement can be found on the website

Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees (UKRI rate) and stipend for four years. The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme. Candidates will be required to split their time between Manchester and Singapore, as outlined on View Website.

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