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Growth of 2D Electronics: Development of van der Walls heterostructures for flexible and transparent electronics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Project team: Dr Matt Cole & Dr Andrew Johnson

Project enquiries: Dr Matt Cole ()

Nanotechnology continues to dramatically shape the modern world. Materials can now be grown at the atomic scale allowing targeted applications that are rationally designed from the bottom up. Graphene and other emerging 2D nanomaterials present exciting platforms upon which to build next generation electronics; from flexible transparent circuits for healthcare monitoring, to new forms of nano-electronic switching devices, their unique properties have unprecedented potential across many industries. Nevertheless, much work remains on understanding the growth of these new materials, many of which have yet to be produced in the laboratory.

Working at the interface of Engineering, Chemistry and Physics, the Vacuum Nano Electronics (VNE) research group is dynamic and multi-disciplinary. The groups applied nanomaterials research produce globally impactful technological solutions through the development and deployment of applied nanotechnologies.

Focussing in the first instance on the growth of, and subsequent heterostructure engineering using, MoS2 and WS2, this studentship will explore the broader growth of transition metal dichalcogenide 2D nanomaterials. New synthesis routes including metal-organic CVD, plasma enhanced CVD and thermal CVD, will be explored as well as the development of new catalysts and precursors towards the production of a range of beyond-graphene 2D materials using the University’s extensive growth equipment. The applicant will undertake state-of-the-art atomic and electronic structure measurements, and will rationally engineer entirely unique electron transport properties based on the integration of a variety of newly synthesised 2D materials. Exploring the fundamental growth process and the development of new electronics, this industry-supported project is highly inter-disciplinary and will see the applicant will work closely with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Chemistry, as well as spending research periods supporting technology transfer embedded within industry.

The successful candidate will be interested in materials synthesis and nanotechnology, with a preference for experimental work. A hands-on approach and a background in catalysis, nanomaterial growth or advanced metrology are advantageous, though not essential. The student will undertake experimental design and will develop a balanced range of skills in state-of-the-art growth, characterisation, precursor development, nanofabrication and electrical measurement techniques.

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent) in physics, chemistry, engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, or cognate subject. English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

Expected start date: 28 September 2020

Funding Notes

A full studentship is available to UK/EU applicants only, and will include UK/EU tuition fees, a training support fee and a tax-free stipend (£15,285 p.a. 2020/21 rate) for up to 3.5 years. EU students are eligible to apply if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing.

How good is research at University of Bath in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.50

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