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Development of Functional Portable Platform Technologies through Advanced Nanomaterials and Microdevices

Project Description

Artificially micro-engineered nanobio-based materials can give rise to unique and enhanced properties and new functionalities. These can have unprecedented characteristics, the full realization of which has been hindered by the lack of robust, cost-effective and straightforward techniques to produce the required 3D multifunctional composite surfaces and coatings. This project seeks to exploit a fundamentally new microfabrication route towards advanced 3D-micronanostructured surfaces achieved via synergy of polymers, nanotubes and synthetic biology building blocks. An innovative, facile and scalable method to fabricate a range of multifunctional surface morphologies, with a single or multi-level hierarchy, i.e., using the pioneering electrohydrodynamic (EHD) lithography via electric fields to control the arrangement and structure formation of material down to the sub-micrometre length scales, which will be further exploited, to develop the formulation and engineering of novel, tailor-designed, functional micronano-surfaces. To harness the inherently novel EHD patterning method towards the realization of 3D multifunctional scalable surfaces, the overall aim is to design, develop and fabricate new artificial metamaterials based on hierarchical 3D structures with unique, unprecedented properties.

The project is of an interdisciplinary nature and lies at the interface of physical science, engineering and nanophotonics and will focus on development and implementation of advanced, cost-effective portable platform technologies for advanced materials and devices.

To be eligible the candidate should be qualified to the first degree level in an appropriate branch of Engineering (e.g., Biomedical, Materials) or Physical Science (e.g., Physics, Chemistry). Background in lithography, Raman spectroscopy and laboratory hands-on experience would be highly advantageous.

Funding Notes

Tax free bursary of £20,700 p.a. plus fees paid


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