Directed self-assembly for metamaterials: physics and devices geometries for nanophotonic applications
This PhD position is part of a major research initiative from the University of Hull to advance Directed Self-Assembly for Metamaterials. The project is an active collaboration between the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. The successful candidate will be part of a larger research cluster counting several other PhD students and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant.
The cluster combines the expertise of Chemists and Physicists to create novel materials through the fundamental approach of bottom-up self-assembly of nanomaterials and hierarchically structured nano-composites with synergistic property spectra. The successful candidate will explore and fully characterise highly relevant geometries for nanophotonic applications. The versatility of the self-assembly approach is a powerful tool for the controlled creation of unique advanced materials, including novel hybrid metamaterials and highly fluorescent nanostructures. Such functionalised systems are interesting due to their high quantum yield and tuneable geometry which open unparalleled potential for novel customisable nanolight sources. Such sources pave the way for advances in biomedical imaging, high density data storage, new routes in solid state lighting, on-chip nanolasers for optical information processing, chemical sensing and more.
The fabricated structures will be characterized and tested using a wide range of optical techniques that available within the labs of the organophotonics group in the department of Physics and Mathematics. In particular reflectivity and transmission spectroscopy will be used to probe the optical response of the structures. Fluorescence spectroscopy (CW and lifetime) with k-space imaging will be used to extract the efficiency and directionality of the structures. Reflectivity will be used to retrieve optical constants of the metamaterials. CW and lifetime fluorescence spectroscopy will be used to probe optical response of emitters. State-of-the-art imaging tools will be used to probe the structure of the metamaterial and to optimize the light-matter interaction. The materials will be incorporated in organic light-emitting devices to improve properties such as the directionality of emitted light. The Ph.D. student will benefit by working in a large interdisciplinary group of physicists and chemists.
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In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.
PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.
Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.