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Integrating Nano-devices with Microfluidic Systems


   School of Physics, Engineering and Technology


About the Project

Nanodevices enable high resolution bio-detections for digital healthcare applications. In this respect, point-of-care (POC) devices have a critical role in rapid diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases. Binding is a key factor in the biosensor performance. To achieve a good performance of biosensors, one needs to examine the biomolecular interactions with sensors. Transferring bio-molecules into the sensing platform is the fundamental challenge to use nanostructures for biosensing purposes. This project aims to introduce a new platform to understand the mass transport and chemical binding process in microfluidic integrated biosensors. This includes a comprehensive flow behaviour analysis for a single bio-molecule detection followed by a systemic binding process of various species into pre-defined nanosensors. This project will have a wide range of applications from drug discovery to medical diagnostics, to food safety, to agricultural and environmental monitoring.

Successful applicants will have access to the Department of Electronic Engineering Cleanroom and work closely with the Bioinspired Technologies Laboratory. This project requires basic knowledge in nano/micro-systems, computational mechanics, multiscale modelling. This project suits applicants with background in materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, biophysics, biological sciences or a related discipline.

For more details about this project, please contact Dr M. N Esfahani, email:

Entry requirements:

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related subject.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/. Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.


Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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