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PhD Chemistry: Magneto-optical hybrid materials

Project Description

Following our recently published study into the optical properties of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots in the presence of lanthanide ions,[1] we now offer this joint 3.5 year PhD project based on our overlapping areas of expertise in synthesis,[2,3] magnetism,[4] optical properties[5] and single molecule techniques[6]. This project would ideally suit a motivated student interested in working on an interdisciplinary project, who can benefit from a broad training in synthesis and in spectroscopy and single-molecule techniques. The proposed materials have significant potential as disruptive technologies in areas such as molecular spintronics and spectroscopy/imaging and hence, the project will focus on enhancing magnetic and/or optical properties by designing new hybrid systems where the molecular level interfaces with the nanoscale.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £14,510 for Session 2017-18).


[1] Surface charge control of quantum dot blinking,
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 19487.
[2] Formation of octapod MnO nanoparticles,
Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 172.
[3] Directed Synthesis of {Mn18Cu6} Heterometallic Complexes,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 1949.
[4] Pushing the Limits of Magnetic Anisotropy in Trigonal Bipyramidal Ni(II),
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 6823.
[5] Single-molecule fluorescence detection of a synthetic heparan sulfate disaccharide,
ChemPhysChem, 2016, 17, 3442.
[6] Crowding-induced hybridization of single DNA hairpins,
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 16020.

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