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Novel Layered 2D Nanomaterial Heterostructures for Advanced Electron Emission Systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Graphene and the wider family of 2D materials are an exciting platform upon which to build the next-generation of electronic devices. From flexible transparent circuits, to new forms of switching devices, the unique properties of these nanoengineered layered systems have much potential for the realisation of new types of electron gun systems. From ultra-compact miniaturised Xray sources, to table-top particle accelerator systems, the manufacture of novel layered 2D nanomaterials allows for the atomic scale engineering of unique electronic structure.

This experimental project will focus on the production of new types of 2D layer electron tunnelling systems. The transfer of a variety of 2D nanomaterials will be explored, with the applicant expected to develop commercially viable and scalable transfer methodologies to realise novel layered atomically thin layered structures not found in nature. The fabricated samples will be assessed using Baths University’s extensive metrology facilities, with the successful candidate’s research focussing on exploring the electron emission properties of these structures in the Group’s custom built ultra-high vacuum electron emission system.

The successful candidate should have a strong interest in nanomaterials and electron transport with a preference for experimental work. A hands-on approach and willingness to build and develop new systems and approaches to the outlined problem is extremely advantageous. A background in nanomaterial growth or advanced metrology is desirable.

Further details on the Groups research can be found at;

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters degree (first class or upper second-class) or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent) in electrical engineering, materials science, physics or related discipline.

English language requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Matthew Cole ()

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.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

This project is eligible for inclusion in funding rounds scheduled for end of November 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019 and April 2019. A full application must have been submitted before inclusion in a funding round.

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.50

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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