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Fabrication and characterisation of memristors for object detection applications

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: PB/PH/2020
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 14 February 2020

Primary supervisor: Dr Pavel Borisov
Secondary supervisors: Prof. Upul Wijayantha and Dr Michael Cropper
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
Loughborough University has a flexible working and maternity/parental leave policy ( and is a Stonewall Diversity Champion providing a supportive and inclusive environment for the LGBT+ community. The University is also a member of the Race Equality Charter which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students. The School of Science is a recipient of the Athena SWAN bronze award for gender equality.
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The mammal brain still outperforms a standard desktop computer, when it comes to image and speech recognition, object detection and tracking, associative memory and steering a vehicle. One of the promising concepts how to close this gap is based on designing electrical circuits that operate similarly to biological neural networks, for example by using the so-called memristors that can be made from thin films of solid-state oxides. Memristors demonstrate variable electrical resistance depending on the amount of charge that was conducted through them.
Full Project Detail:
This project is a collaboration between Physics and Chemistry and its goal is experimental development of memristors that demonstrate resistive switching on short-term timescales. You will employ physical and chemical vapour deposition techniques and suitable wet-chemistry techniques in order to prepare thin films of oxide materials; measure current-voltage characteristics of memristor devices; study structural, physical and electrochemical properties by a range of techniques, for example, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, impedance spectroscopy and many others.
You will be part of a team working both on experimental and theoretical aspects of memristors in the fields of Materials Physics, Materials Chemistry, Artificial Intelligence and Neurophysiology. The research will be linked to the recently funded EPSRC grant EP/S032843/1:
This project will involve interactions with industrial representatives from ARM – one of the world-leading providers of commercial solutions for smartphone processors and artificial intelligence applications. You will also work together with our partners, world-leading experts from the US based University of Massachusetts Amherst, Texas A&M University and Salk Institute.
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General information about the Physics and Chemistry Departments can be found at:
Please contact Dr Pavel Borisov, for further information about the project.
Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or a master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Engineering. The following is desirable: first-hand working experience with physical and chemical thin film preparation methods, physical and chemical material characterisation techniques, impedance spectroscopy, high vacuum equipment.

Funding information:
This studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or any of the advertised projects prioritised for funding by the School of Science.
The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 (2019 rate) per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. This studentship is only available to those eligible to pay UK/EU fees.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Pavel Borisov
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228260

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Physics’.

Please quote reference number: PB/PH/2020.

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