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  Luminescence Quantification Methods at the Near-Infrared Region (EPS2022/46)

   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Dr J Marques-Hueso, Prof M Desmulliez  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Luminescence is a technique that has multitude of applications in the fields of material science, energy, photonics, forensic, analytical chemistry, food industry, among many others. This applies to different luminescence mechanisms, such as downshifting, downconversion or upconversion. This project will focus on the use of photoluminescence in the near-infrared region of the spectrum, and the development of measurement techniques. This will be related to previous work from the group for upconversion[1] and bioimaging[2]. Upon successful completion, it is expected to setup some milestones that the field is missing, as well as technology that will be of use in a wide sector. Multiple collaborations with research groups from other countries will be stablished (willingness to interact, and eventually visit other groups is required).

This 3.5 years long PhD also includes interaction with a large company based in Edinburgh, worldwide leader in instrumental for spectroscopy. HWU is a referent in Photonics, and it hosts the CDT in Applied Photonics, which includes the development of new techniques and equipment.

A suitable applicant will have (or expect to have by July 2022) a 1st class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree, ideally in Physics, Chemistry of Material Science. The candidate should be strongly motivated with the drive required to pursue three and half years of intensive practical work. The project will require both individual and group work and a successful candidate must be capable of operating effectively in both environments. Previous knowledge of optical techniques and/or of materials is desirable. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential.

This project should start ideally in September 2022 (some date flexibility might be possible).


  1. Please contact [Email Address Removed] for any question about the project.
  2. The completed applications must be made through the Heriot-Watt on-line application system.
Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 years scholarship with stipend (ca. 15,000 per year) and tuition fees completely funded.