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  PhD in Plastic Electronics at the University of Kentucky

   School of Chemical and Materials Engineering

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  Prof Alexandra Paterson  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Organic Materials and Devices Laboratory ( in the School of Chemical and Materials Engineering is looking to hire a full-time, fully-funded PhD student. This is an exciting opportunity to work in the novel, interdisciplinary field of plastic electronics and bioelectronics, on a pioneering atomic force microscopy (AFM) experimental project.

Project Outline:

Doping has enabled the great success of modern electronics. Doping has the same potential for next-generation plastic (organic) semiconductor-based technologies – but only if the lucrative yet enigmatic dopant structure-property relationship is understood and exploited. In this project you will pioneer scanning microwave impedance microscopy (sMIM) in plastic electronic materials, to explore fundamental dopant structure-property relationships. sMIM is an industry-standard technique, used by the likes of Intel and Apple, to study doped inorganic semiconductors. It has not yet been exploited in plastic semiconductors. The Organic Materials and Devices Laboratory at the University of Kentucky are the first and only group of plastic electronics researchers to work with this novel, state-of-the-art AFM technique for organic and next-generation semiconductors.

In this first-of-a-kind research you will push boundaries, develop novel and in-situ experimental techniques, and define new scientific principles for plastic electronic systems and beyond. This work will lead to new discoveries for doped plastic semiconductors and plastic mixed conductors alike. The goals and real-life applications of your work span biotechnology/bioelectronics, brain implants, neuromorphic systems, in-vitro biosignal recorders and biochemical sensors, batteries and energy storage systems, printed and flexible electronics, transistors and amplifiers, light emitting diodes and solar cells.

This pioneering PhD project offers significant career advancement: from gaining industry relevant expertise, to establishing a global network of collaborators across the broad, interdisciplinary field of plastic electronics. Plastic electronics is a fast-moving field that offers significant and multiple opportunities to generate high impact, novel work with extremely broad impact/application. By joining the University of Kentucky in the USA, you will be part of an existing, highly collaborative, globally renowned team of scientists, who form multiple cross-discipline plastic electronics research groups

Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or related discipline. Interested candidates are invited to email their CV/resume to Professor Alexandra F. Paterson at: [Email Address Removed]

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