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Creating Light from Deformation

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  • Full or part time
    Prof D G Bucknall
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Mechanoluminescent (ML) materials are a class of materials that emit light due to the action of an external deformation force. This phenomenon has been known about for centuries, but due to the destructive nature of the processes involved few practical applications have been demonstrated. However, many of these issues potentially can be overcome if the ML materials are compounded with polymers to form nanocomposites. These nanocomposites have been shown to have very real potential for practical applications and deserve further study. In this project, ML – elastomer nanocomposites will be explored, which have been shown to generate light over the entire visible spectrum when deformed. This remarkable behaviour will be investigated and will initially focus on developing brilliant light emitting ML materials with tunable emissions. These materials will then be developed into ‘zero-energy’ light emitting devices with potential implications, for example, in areas of renewable energy and biomedical fields.

You should have, or expect to receive, a First class or 2:1 MChem degree in Chemistry, or equivalent in a relevant related subject.

The Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS) is an excellent environment for PhD research, with a thriving community of academics, post-doctoral and PhD researchers. ICS has many links to the other research institutes within the overall umbrella of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, providing a strong interdisciplinary theme to our research. Heriot-Watt occupies an attractive campus site on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with excellent public transport links to the centre of one of the Europe’s most exciting cities.

Funding Notes

Internally funded studentship: 3 years, tuition and stipend (EPSRC standard rate, approx. £14,000 p.a.), available for UK and EU citizens.

How good is research at Heriot-Watt University in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 30.00

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