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PhD Studentship in All-printed electrolyte transistors

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 07, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2020 for 3.5 years

Application closing date

7th February 2020


We are offering a PhD studentship in printed electronics using state-of-the-art 2D nanomaterials at Newcastle University. Printed electronics refers to a set of microfabrication techniques such as inkjet printing that allow for simple fabrication of low cost flexible electronics. Several promising materials have been developed to facilitate printed electronics including conductive polymers and carbon nanotubes. Recently, layered 2D materials like graphene have also been harnessed as inks that can be used for printed electronics.

In this project you will develop a process for printing electronic components from graphene and other 2D materials using a 3D printer. By using 3D printing, transistors and hence computers are no longer restricted in form and can instead be realised as physically functional or aesthetically pleasing structures! We are offering a motivated candidate the opportunity to work in this totally new aspect of printed electronics. The first part of the project will involve fabricating electrolyte-gated transistors using inkjet printing. The next phase will incorporate solid electrolyte materials and thermoplastic resins into the process to facilitate fused-filament 3D printing.

The applicant will join the Emerging Technology and Materials group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics ( This group and school will provide a rich and vibrant research atmosphere, including regular seminar series, advanced training modules, and an active visitor programme. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a range of paid teaching activities, with training provided.

The School is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.


UKRI and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr. Toby Hallam (

Eligibility Criteria

You must have or expect to obtain a first class or high 2:1 honours degree in physics, materials science or a closely related discipline such as electrical engineering. Enthusiasm for research, an ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential requirements. Some basic experience of programming is desirable.

This award is available to UK/EU candidates only. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

You will need to:

•click on programme of study The program code is 8839F and the program of study is PhD Physics (FT) (Experimental)

•insert 8839F PhD Physics (FT) in the programme code section and click search

•select Programme name ‘PhD Physics (FT) Experimental’

•insert MSP024 in the studentship/partnership reference field

•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code MSP024 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project

•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

If you already have an active application which you wish to be associated with this studentship, please access the Application Portal and send an enquiry to the PG Admissions team, stating your request to be associated with this studentship.


Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009

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