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Laser interference lithography for nanopatterning

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Haider Butt
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Nanotechnology has a myriad of possible applications but further advancements are needed in the nanofabrication methods. A PhD position exists in the area of performing nanofabrication using high power lasers. In this project we will be performing the manufacturing of interesting nanoparticle surfaces using an economical and scalable method called laser interference lithography. Multiple beams of high power lasers will be made to interfere with one another to produce interference patterns containing nanoscale fringes (high and low intensity regions). These interference patterns will be shined on to material surfaces, as a result of which nanoscaled patterns will be produced on these surfaces. The process is repeatable, fast and easy. We intend to use such nanopatterned surfaces for optical applications like holography, plasmonics and data storage.

The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level (above 70%) with a first class honors degree (high 2:1) in one of the following disciplines Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or Optics. Some background in optics or nano-photonics will be helpful.

For excellent applicants (very good first degree), there is the potential for funding for Home / EU students that will cover fees at the current Home / EU student rate and a stipend. Overseas students are welcome to apply but should note that they will be required to be either completely self-funding, or to obtain full/partial funding for other sources.

Applications comprising a detailed CV highlighting the previous qualifications (with grades/percentage/CGPA received) and photonics related projects undertaken and publications should be sent to Dr Haider Butt. Emphasis should be given to the past optics experience.The CVs not mentioning the exact grades will not be considered.

Funding Notes

For excellent applicants (very good first degree), there is the potential for funding for Home / EU students that will cover fees at the current Home / EU student rate and a stipend. Overseas students are welcome to apply but should note that they will be required to be either completely self-funding, or to obtain full/partial funding for other sources.

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