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Programmable Lab-on-a-chip Exploiting Magnetic MEMS for Medical Diagnostics and Biotechnology

  • 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

The project will be supervised by Dr Ali Mohammadi in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Professor Simon Bending in the Department of Physics.

Miniaturisation of transducers in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) has greatly benefitted many modern technologies including smart phones, medical devices and implants, high sensitivity sensors etc. Magnetic microtransducers offer additional highly desirable features including operation in conducting media and conservation of field strength after scaling-down magnet size, which add significant functionality to their applications compared with other transduction mechanisms. Example applications include high throughput microfluidic chips, which drastically speed up single-cell array analysis for cancer diagnostic assays.

We have recently demonstrated proof-of-concept for a novel integrated and localised magnetic annealing process that offers a low-cost reprogramming technique for MEMS transducers. This innovative work exploits the temperature dependence of magnetic domains by combining electrothermal heating and magnetic annealing to selectively tune the anisotropy of individual magnetic elements on the same chip.

The proposed PhD project will build on this advance to deliver a magnetically programmable microfluidic prototype for lab-on-a-chip applications. The PhD student will have access to cutting edge laboratory equipment, microfabrication technologies and CAD tools available in the Centre for Advanced Sensor Technology (http://www.bath.ac.uk/elec-eng/research/cast/) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility (http://www.bath.ac.uk/facilities/nanofab/) as well as external microfabrication foundries. The prospective student will travel to national and international conferences to communicate the research results within the Engineering and Physics communities and to end-users in Medical Science and Biotechnology.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Ali Mohammadi ()

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.

https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUEE-FP01&code2=0013

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

http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/

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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