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  Dr S Hanham  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum from 0.1 to 10 THz is an emerging area for research in biology, physics, chemistry, materials science and healthcare. One area that is particularly promising is in the life sciences. Terahertz dielectric spectroscopy is emerging as a powerful label-free and non-invasive tool for studying the structure and behaviour of a wide range of biological systems from the organism to molecular level.

This PhD project will focus on the development of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices that integrate terahertz electromagnetic sensing with microfluidic systems for the analysis of small quantities of biological liquids, most importantly individual biological cells. This will enable the development of low cost and label free biosensors. The research programme intends to push the current state-of-the-art in terms of sensitivity (10x), minimum sample volume and low-cost fabrication to open up new sensing and biomedical diagnostic opportunities, whilst introducing new innovations to terahertz bio-sensing.

The PhD candidate should have completed (or be about to complete) his/her undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering or Physics (preferably with first class honours or equivalent). The PhD candidate is expected to have a keen interest in electromagnetism and strong computational skills. Details of the project will be agreed upon with the successful candidate to tailor the research to their interests.

The research programme will take place in the Emerging Device Technology (EDT) research group ( in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and System Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

For details of the funding available, advice on applying or any other informal enquiries, please contact Dr Stephen Hanham at [Email Address Removed]. Applications can be submitted at by including the title of the project and the name of the supervisor (Dr Stephen Hanham).

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Funding Notes

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, is only available to UK/EU nationals and covers the tuition fees and provides a living stipend for 3.5 years. Non-UK/EU candidates with the correct qualifications will be considered if they are self-funded or have secured their own funding.

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