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Two-dimensional materials for Optoelectronic Devices

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Graphene and two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are hot topic in science and provide a wide range of applications. The family of 2D layered materials includes hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), transition metal dichalcogenides (WS2, MoS2, etc.), metal chalcogenides (InSe, GaSe, GaS, etc.) and many others.
A PhD studentship is available to develop electronic and optoelectronic devices using 2D materials. The student will develop material growth and device fabrication techniques to study new physics within optoelectronic devices.

The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Nilanthy Balakrishnan and be based in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Keele University. This project will involve material growth using physical vapour deposition, material characterization, and device fabrication. A variety of measurement techniques will be performed such as optical studies (e.g. photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy), structural characterization (e.g. X-Ray diffraction), morphological studies (e.g. atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy) and optoelectronic characterization (e.g. LED, photodetector).

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) a 1st or 2.1 degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related subject.

Please quote FNS GS 2019-25 on your applicatoin.

For informal enquiries related to this project please contact Dr Nilanthy Balakrishnan by email:

Keele University values diversity, and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity. In support of these commitments, Keele University particularly welcomes applications from women and from individuals of black and ethnic minority backgrounds for this post. The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Keele University have both been awarded Athena Swan awards and Keele University is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. More information is available on these web pages:

Funding Notes

Funding support is provided as follows; 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years from Academic year 2020/2021. Stipend support for 3 years at UKRI rates. 2020/21 level not yet confirmed, but stipend for 2019/20 was £15,009 per annum.

Source of funding: School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Keele University.

UK/EU nationals are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at Research Council rate). International students may qualify for a fees-only award.

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