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Nature Inspired Optical Nanostructures for Sensing

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

Project Description

The wings of a morpho butterfly show vivid blue colour because of the presence of periodic nanostructures. We have been developing photochemistries and materials to fabricate similar nanostructures made of hydrogels. Such nanostructured hydrogels present optical properties that may alter in response to molecules of interest offering opportunities for sensing.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop chemistry along with instrumentation required to fabricate and characterise optical nanostructures in hydrogels. Subsequently, the performance of the optimised optical nanostructures for sensing biomolecules relevant for healthcare diagnosis will be studied.

The PhD student will be based in Dr Ruchi Gupta’s group ( in the School of Chemistry. The selected candidate will work alongside other PhD students and PDRAs to deliver the project. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Ruchi Gupta at . Please include a CV and transcripts in your email.

Degree Requirements:
Applicants should possess (or expect to possess) a good degree in physical sciences or engineering or allied disciplines.

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