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Diamond based hybrid devices

School of Engineering

About the Project

Applications are invited for a three-year Postgraduate studentship, to be undertaken within the School of Engineering at University of Leicester under the supervision of Prof. Haitao Ye. The successful applicant will join the Mechanics of Materials Research Group working on diamond coating and device technology.

Diamond based materials have gained significant attention in the photonics research community due to exceptional physical, chemical, optical properties, and stable color centers (N-V, Si-V). Its high refractive index, transparency over wide wavelength range and large bandgap make it ideal for realization of high performance photonics devices. In addition, diamond offers the best mechanical hardness, Young’s modulus, the highest thermal conductivity, and the highest electron and hole mobility among the 3rd-generation wide-bandgap semiconductors. This project aims to combines the excellent mechanical, thermal, electronic and optical properties of diamond with other functional materials and coatings towards a novel type of diamond hybrid devices, suitable for applications in harsh environment.

Entry requirements

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class (equivalent of a UK) honours degree or equivalent qualification in materials science, chemistry, physics or engineering. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge or experience of thin film deposition including chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition, materials characterisation (SEM, XRD, Raman, etc), and semiconductor physics.

Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.0) if applicable.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries and further information about this project contact Prof. Haitao Ye by email at .

Application enquiries to


The funding offers a tax free stipend for three years (at the rate of £15,285 p.a. in 2020) and a UK/EU fee (at £4,407 in 2020).

International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK/EU and International fees for the full 3 years of study.

How to apply

Please follow the application advice at https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/funded-opportunities/eng-ye-2020

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