Nanomaterials are employed in several fields of science ranging from biology and medicine and the development of new diagnostic methods, drug delivery, and imaging, to physics and engineering and the fabrication of novel devices for energy conversion and storage. The major reason for the vast range of applications of nanomaterials is the ability to easily tune their magnetic, optical, electrical, catalytic and mechanical properties, characteristic for different materials by changing their morphology.
The aim of this project is to make new types of biosensors based on 2D materials (e.g. graphene oxide) and colloidal nanoparticles. The student will obtain skills in nanoparticle synthesis, nanoparticle functionalization with biomolecules (e.g. DNA), 2D materials processing, laser set-ups, and a vast range of characterization techniques including electron microscopy and spectroscopy.
Candidates should have a degree in one of the following disciplines: chemistry, physics, materials or biology. Prior knowledge on nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization with active molecules such as DNA or peptides will be considered as additional experience.
Relevant publications on the topic of this project: ACS Nano, 2018, 12 (6), pp 6273–6279, ACS Sensors 2017, 2 (1), 52-56, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7 (23), 12422-12429.
Please discuss your applications with Prof. Antonios Kanaras ([email protected]
Entry requirements: first or upper second-class 4-year degree (60% and above) or Master degree in Physics, chemistry, materials or biology.
Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.
Duration: four years (full-time)
Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students, and a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year
Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination
Start date: typically September