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Exploring Thermomechanical Properties of 2D materials


   School of Physics, Engineering and Technology


About the Project

2D materials such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), black phosphorus, and molybdenum ditelluride (MoTe2) are among viable key materials for electromechanical applications. They have unique thermomechanical properties beyond the bulk counterparts due to their atomic structures, enabling remarkable applications for wearable sensing devices and high frequency actuators. There is a wide range of 2D materials with outstanding thermoelectrical and optical properties, which lead to consider them to be part of the next generation of flexible nanoelectronics and nanophotonic. Size is an important factor in those 2D nanostructures. This project aims to explore exceptional properties of 2D materials for sensing applications using computational techniques such as finite element methods, atomic simulations and density functional theories. This project will have a wide range of applications from biomedical sensors, communication generators, energy storage and thermal management.

This project requires basic knowledge in nano/micro-systems, computational mechanics, and multiscale modelling. This project suits applicants with background in materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry or a related discipline.

For more details about this project, please contact Dr M. N Esfahani, email:

Entry requirements:

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/. Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.


Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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