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GISMO PhD Studentship - Hybrid materials for quantum security and green energy applications

Project Description

The studentship is for 36 months with an enhanced stipend for the first two years due to the expected level of industry engagement, the position is due to commence in October 2020.

Quantum nanotechnology is the exploitation and application of unique quantum effects which occur in very small structures such as enhanced optical emission, or quantised electrical or thermal transport. In most structures, practical quantum enhanced effects are difficult to access due to either their size or temperature dependence.

The aim of the project is to define the design parameters for a new class of highly functional quantum-enhanced thin-film materials which can operate in wide variety of real-world environments. Comprising chemically functionalised 2-dimensional materials (2DM) such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, these materials have applications such as thermoelectric energy generation or unique optical identities.

The project is predominately practical experimental work and will utilise the department’s nanomaterials fabrication capabilities and world-class suite of characterisation facilities including the ultralow-noise IsoLab. Working with colleagues from chemistry, quantum theory, and industry partners you develop a new paradigm for the formation of ultrathin, flexible heterostructures by combining the chemistry of single-molecular electroactive systems and scalable deposition of 2DM.

This is a highly interdisciplinary project operating at the interface of Physics, Chemistry and device engineering. The successful PhD candidate will demonstrate an excellent academic record in physics, materials science or a related area. Knowledge of nanomaterials or experience in either quantum transport, scanning probe microscopy and/or self-assembly of organic monolayers would be advantageous but not compulsory as full training in a wide variety of techniques will be given. The candidate is expected to successfully work as part of a team, with good inter-personal skills and to successfully complete research projects suitable for the award of a PhD in physics including publications in high impact peer-reviewed articles.

Lancaster University
Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Ranked in the top 10 in all three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS world rankings. We have invested over £450m into our campus in the last ten years, including our new Engineering building, the refurbishment of the Library, Physics and Chemistry facilities and a £20m sports centre and facilities, with a further £135m investment planned. Lancaster is the best in the North West for graduate prospects, according to The Good University Guide and one of the top universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to The National Student Survey.

The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

This fully funded 3 year PhD studentship is part of the Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO) Project – a £4.4m European Regional Development Fund programme that will benefit SMEs in the Cheshire and Warrington areas. Participating businesses will gain access to research and development expertise and specialist technology to solve industry-driven challenges through innovation in ‘smart’ materials.

There will be a cohort of nine studentships associated with GISMO across a variety of material science related topics linked to the Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University. The studentships will offer extensive topic specific training and will see students work closely across the various fields of material science whilst also providing extensive experiences at working with industry collaborators.

The project is supervised by Dr Benjamin Robinson and Prof. Robert Young in the department of Physics at Lancaster University. Please contact in the first instance for further details or informal discussions. You can also apply directly at stating the title of the project and the name of the supervisor.

Closing Date
Applications will be accepted until the post is filled

Funding Notes

The studentship for UK /EU citizens is fully funded with the first two years at an enhanced stipend rate of £19,750. In the final year of study the stipend will drop to £17,600 due to the reduction in industry engagement at this time of the project.

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