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Monolayer Metal-Organics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Housed within the world-leading condensed matter physics group and National Graphene Institute, our group focuses on 2D materials and angstrom scale capillaries. We are primarily experimental group with research interests on 2D materials, novel methods of making ultimately thin fluid channels, membranes for molecular, gas and ion separation.

With the recent boom of one-atom thin two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials initiated by the discovery of graphene, many self-standing, stable, single atomic layers such as boron nitride (BN), molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), tungsten disulphide (WS2) etc., have been isolated and characterized. The toolbox of 2D materials is ever expanding but mainly involves either inorganic or organic materials. This project will focus on exploring metal-organic 2D-atomic layers, which are a combination of inorganic metal and organics and can form the 2D-layers of metal ions held together by organic counterparts. Essentially these are metal ion monolayers supported by organic staples. Unlike the state-of-the-art, the proposed project takes an altogether different approach i.e., bottom-up chemical assembly for making new 2D-materials.

Further details about the research in our group:

Training and research environment

Research will be experimental and based in Department of Physics & Astronomy, Schuster Building and National Graphene Institute. The project will involve chemical synthesis of metal-organic crystals along with physical methods of separating the individual layers. Student will be trained on characterization of metal-organic layers using techniques such as electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, infrared and Raman spectroscopy. The student will be exposed to device fabrication technology for making variety of 2D-atomic crystals along with investigation of the electrical properties of metal-organic layers.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive

The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree or equivalent (e.g. MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng) in Physical sciences, Chemical Sciences, Materials, Natural sciences or Chemical Engineering. A minimum of a 2i class UK Masters honours degree or international equivalent is required or a first degree with an additional Master’s degree or international equivalent. Atleast one English language test is a must. IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each sub-test TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with no less than 22 in each sub-test (further details here: )

Those with experimental skills and enthusiasm for research and innovation are encouraged to apply. Programming skills such as Matlab, labview are desirable.

Contact for further information

or drop in to Room 3A.07, Schuster Building, The University of Manchester campus.

Main Supervisor: Dr Radha Boya

How to apply

Informal enquiry should be directed to Dr Radha Boya with CV. Please specify why you would like to particularly apply for this position, and how you would be suitable. Please send only one PDF file which has the all the relevant information, and keep the file size small to avoid bouncing from the server.

Funding Notes

The project is funded for 3.5 years. The annual stipend is expected to be £15,009. Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

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