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Fully funded PhD studentship in Photonics: 2D Material enhanced ATR and Raman chips for biomedical sensing applications

   Optoelectronics Research Centre

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  Dr Senthil Ganapathy  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Fully Funded PhD Studentship for UK students

2D Material enhanced ATR and Raman chips for biomedical sensing applications

University of Southampton - Optoelectronics Research Centre

The Optoelectronics Research Centre has a 40-year track record of pioneering contributions in photonics and is currently one of the largest and most dynamic research centres in this field world-wide. The Integrated Photonic Devices Group ( explores the fundamentals of guided wave optics at surfaces, with applications including telecommunications, biosensing and novel light sources, and is complemented by world-class photonic materials and fabrication facilities (

The Project: Both Mid-IR and Raman molecular fingerprint spectroscopies have been shown to be powerful biodiagnostic tools for specific biomarkers. Enhancing the sensitivity and improving the detection limit of current Mid-IR and Raman spectroscopic platforms are most important to exploit them for early diagnosis of disease biomarkers in point of care setting. Recently two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene and transition metal di-chalcogenides (TMDC) have shown huge potentials for spectroscopic signal enhancement.

In this project, we will develop highly sensitive ATR and Raman chips empowered with 2D material layer for super enhanced IR and Raman spectroscopies. We will develop bulk silicon and silicon on insulator (SOI) platforms coated with TMDCs in both ATR and waveguide configurations for enhanced Mid-IR and Raman spectroscopies. The diagnostic potential of these platforms will be evaluated using the detection of breast/ovarian cancer and neonatal respiratory distress syndrome biomarkers in collaboration with University of Cambridge and University College London Hospitals.

The PhD programme: Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in health-care, manufacturing, communication technology, defence, renewable energy and the environment.

We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to make history. Our Photonics PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.

Supervision: This project will be supervised by Dr. Senthil Ganapathy

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent in physics, materials science, chemistry, photonics or electronic/electrical engineering.

English language: IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component; for information on other accepted English Language tests, please visit

Duration: Typically 3.5 years (full-time)

Start date: Typically September (but other start dates are possible)

Applying: To apply, please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including that you wish to do a PhD on the above topic and with the supervisor mentioned above. For more details

Closing date: Applications should be made as soon as possible.

Contact: You are welcome to contact Dr. Senthil Ganapathy () for further details and an informal discussion.

Funding Notes

Funding: Full funding is available for UK applicants which includes paid tuition fees and tax-free bursary of £18,000 per annum to cover the living expenses.

EU/International applicants may also be considered for fully-funded scholarships. Obtaining support from other sources (or self-funding) for living expenses will increase chances of a successful application. EU students are considered equivalent to UK students if they have “settled status” in the UK or have “pre-settled status” and fulfil residency requirements.

International students are encouraged to seek full/partial funding from other sources (e.g. national scholarships, commonwealth scholarships, self-funding etc).

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