From photovoltaics to biosensors, the quantum-mechanical property of spin plays a central role in next-generation photonic materials based on organic molecules. For example, the encounter of spin-carrying excited states critically governs how effectively light can be converted into charge and vice versa. This project will directly probe and control spins in next-generation molecular photonic materials to understand how these systems can be advanced. Using a combination of magnetic resonance and magneto-optical spectroscopy, you will investigate key processes ranging from thermally activated delayed fluorescence for next-generation light-emitting diodes to triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion for energy harvesting and bio-imaging. Through this work, you will contribute new understanding of the structure and dynamics of molecular photonic materials, and the foundations with which to engineer next-generation devices. This project will enable you to acquire a broad set of skills spanning optical spectroscopy and microscopy, microwave electronics, device fabrication and characterisation, and ultimately generate new approaches for harnessing spin in molecular semiconductors.
Application details & further information
We are committed to fostering and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, and promoting a supportive and flexible working environment in all our activities. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from under-represented groups.
Applicants should ideally possess a degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline.
Further details on the application procedure and funding (available through EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards) are available at:
and the application portal is:
Please also see https://www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/ for a list of additional scholarship opportunities, including the James McCune Smith PhD Scholarships for Black UK domiciled students.
For more information, please see our Quantum Optospintronics Group website, and contact Dr Sam Bayliss for informal enquiries.