Hybrid bioelectronic devices
The creation of new technologies that interface functional biological molecules with electronics have the potential to be transformative, particularly for the healthcare sector, but also for chemical engineering, energy generation, and next-generation computing. Current realisations of this hybrid technology are however essentially static; the biological molecules are passive components designed to perform a single, specific function. If biomolecular function and activity could be modulated dynamically and reversibly (e.g. switched on and off) using the underlying electronics, a range of new and disruptive capabilities would arise. This PhD studentship will investigate such dynamic bioelectronic devices in which the underlying electronics will act to control and regulate the function of surface-immobilised synthetic biological machines.
The student will gain comprehensive experience in a range of experimental techniques, including electrochemistry, FTIR, QCM-D and microfabrication. Full-time training for postgraduate students, tailored to their particular degree background, will be provided within the Bio-Inspired Technologies Laboratory. In addition, the project also provides the opportunity to gain experience in biophysics and nanoanalysis through interactions with the York Bioscience Technology Facility and York Jeol Nanocentre.
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The studentship will cover the tuition fee at the home/EU rate (£4,165 in 2016/17) and a stipend at the standard research council rate for a period of 3 years (£14,057 in 2015/16) starting in October 2016.
Applicants should hold (or expect to be awarded) a first class or upper-second class bachelors degree or equivalent in physics, electronic/electrical engineering, molecular biology, or surface chemistry.
Applicants are invited to contact Dr Steven Johnson ([email protected]) for more information.