Counterfeit goods do not only involve luxury goods, but they do extend to personal identification (eg ID cards and passports), cigarettes, banknotes and pharmaceuticals, by affecting national economies and governments and by strongly undermining the health and safety of the citizens. Thus, new and advanced anti-counterfeiting technology solutions are needed. Advanced materials offer new avenues for the development of anti-counterfeiting technologies based on their unique properties. Graphene - a single layer of graphite, discovered in 2004 - is currently being explored for a wide range of applications, spanning from composite to electronics and from energy to biological applications. Graphene, however, is not the only 2-dimensional (2D) material available to us: there are hundreds of layered materials that can be chemically exfoliated to single or few-atomic layers. In addition, 2D materials can also be produced by bottom-up approaches, based on wet-chemistry. Thus, we have a wide range of solution-processed 2D materials, each showing different properties, depending on their chemical composition, thickness and size. Thus, an identification tag can be built by using unique features associated to an individual 2D crystal or by integrating different 2D crystals, each providing an identification feature. The aim of this project is to bring together expertise in 2D materials production and characterisation to exploit these materials as identification tags for anti-counterfeiting technology solutions.
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, material science, engineering or related disciplines. A Masters degree in a relevant subject and/or experience in the 2D materials field is desirable.
Contact for further Information: Prof Cinzia Casiraghi, email:[email protected] School of chemistry, University of Manchester
This is a 3.5 year funded studentship covering all fees and stipend (£14.777 in September 2018).
Due to funding restrictions this is open to UK/EU applicants only.
The start date for this PhD programme will be September 2019.