This project is aimed to develop nanoparticle-based reagent for delivery of bioactive molecules to plants.
Food shortage is likely to be a major concern in the next decade if the global population grows at the current rate. The agricultural sectors are stretched to the limit now and new solution to improve productivity is required. One possible solution is to use nanoparticle technology to delivery bioactive molecules to crops and ensure their healthy growth. Nanoparticles are capable in penetrating into the plants through roots but can be delivered to specific parts of the plants by modifying the surface chemistry. This project is suitable for students who have background in nanomaterials and their development towards environmental applications.
All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). Our scholarships are usually only open to UK/EU applicants who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC, however some scholarships are available for exceptional overseas candidates.
All applications must be received by 28th February 2020. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2020.
When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information: (a) in ‘Study Option’ You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Mechanical engineering PhD, chemical engineering PhD or Bio-engineering and Bio-sciences PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required) (b) in ‘Research Project Information’ You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.
This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.
Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.
The annual stipend will be approx. £15k per year and full fees will be paid for between 3 and 3.5 years.