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Design and development of graphene-based optical fibre sensors for volatile organic compound detection (HERNAEZMU20SCIEC)

Project Description

Applications are invited to the Engineering Division at the School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia, for a PhD in the field of optical fibre sensors based on nanostructured coatings. 

Optical fibre sensing has attracted great attention in the last years due to the benefits that it offers compared to traditional electronic sensors, such as small size, biocompatibility and immunity to electromagnetic fields [1]. Graphene-based nanostructures have a tremendous potential for developing various types of sensors [2]. Due to the fact that each atom of graphene is a surface atom, graphene is extremely sensitive to the external environment [3]. Its exciting potential is combined in this proposal with the development of nanostructured coatings in order to develop a new generation of sensors with defined chemical specificity. 

This project aims to design and manufacture low-cost, highly sensitive and selective optical fibre sensors incorporating graphene materials, which enhance the accuracy and response time of existing volatile organic compounds detection systems. The methodology and results obtained from this multidisciplinary project will allow the future development of a range of new optical fibre sensors for the detection of other substances of interest. 

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here

Type of Programme: PhD
Start Date: October 2020
Mode of Study: Full-time

Entry requirements:
Applicants should hold or be completing an undergraduate honours degree with a 1st or a 2.1 classification. 

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at View Website . Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).


[1] Culshaw, B. et al. (2008). J. Lightwave Technol. 26, 1064-1078. 
[2] Geim, A.K. (2009). Science 324, 1530-1534. 
[3] Geim, A.K., Novoselov, K.S. (2007). Nat Mater 6, 183-191. 

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