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PhD studentship available within the C3Bio Doctoral Training Initiative. NanoSense: Nanomaterial printed electronics for advanced, low-cost on-body health monitoring

Project Description

Project team: Dr Matt Cole, Dr Pedro Estrela, Dr Despina Moschou & Prof Toby Jenkins

Project enquiries: Dr Matt Cole ()

Nanomaterials have a wider range of functionally unique properties not available from conventional materials. Their high surface area, ability to be produced in significant quantities, high streatchability, commensurate with that of human skin, and simple integration allow them to drive forward advances in conformal, wearable and imperceptible on-body electronics. Aligning with the burgeoning internet-of-things, such devices will provide health safety and security for international aging populations whilst also acting as a gateway technology to provide much needed healthcare to those impoverished communities most in need.

By aligning with functionalisation specialists and capitalising on the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering’s recently installed Nanoelectronics laboratory, the NanoSense project aims to realise on-body electronic health monitoring through the use of novel single-atom thick nanomaterials. Capitalising on the University’s internationally renowned Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics, and Biodevices, this highly inter-disciplinary experimental project will bridge various academic communities to develop functionally unique non-invasive biosensors that will; drive advances in applied nanomaterials science, focus on the development of new approaches to 2D nanomaterial-based device fabrication and engineering, interrogate real-world biochemically important interactions, and will drive technology dissemination and adoption. The far-reaching engineering, chemistry and societal elements of the NanoSense project will ensure the realisation of a tangible low-cost solution to some of the World’s most pressing healthcare challenges giving government and support agencies the essential data required to drive the growth and provision of limited healthcare resources.

The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic research group in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, though will be expected to be active in a range of scientific disciplines. Candidates should have a strong interest in biotechnology and a preference for experimental work. The applicant will emerge as an expert in the development of advanced bioelectronics, with a balanced scientific skill set following training in cutting-edge nanomaterials science, biosensors and biotechnology design and production, and the lab-to-fab development of novel health monitoring platforms.

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Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent). English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see

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:

Expected start date: 28 September 2020

Funding Notes

A full studentship is available to UK/EU applicants only, and will include UK/EU tuition fees, a training support fee and a tax-free stipend (£15,009 p.a. 2019/0 rate) for up to 3 years. Applicants who are classed as Overseas for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.50

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