The detection of trace concentrations of gas chemical contaminants is challenging, and normally large and expensive laboratory analytical instruments are used for their environmental analysis and monitoring. Based on recent advance in electronic detection with high performance nanomaterials, this project proposes to develop a cost-effective method to fabricate nanosensors with high sensitivity, low operating temperature, real-time detection and low-power consumption, which can detect indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, phenol, and carbon monoxide, etc. This project will provide a novel approach to make advanced nanosensors and a promising new method for the environmental monitoring industry.
Through this project, the perspective PhD student will have the chance to work with world renowned researchers including Prof. George Wolff (University of Liverpool, UK) and Prof. Ting Zhang (i-lab, SINANO, Chinese Academy of Sciences).
The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in environmental science, environmental engineering, analytical chemistry or related disciplines. Previous experience in air pollution monitoring or nanosensors is highly preferred. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or an equivalent qualification, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.
Degree: The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.
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How to Apply
Interested applicants are advised to email the following documents to [email protected]
(please put the project title and primary supervisor’s name in the subject line).
- Two reference letters
- Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
- Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of above 6.5 or equivalent is required
- Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
- Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Sujie Qin ([email protected]
), whose personal profile is linked below: