CDT in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene NOWNANO)

University of Manchester

  • North West England
  • ¬£Funded position
  • Academic - PhD/MSc

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CDT in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene NOWNANO)

10+ 4-year PhD Studentships

Graphene NOWNANO is a well-established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) based at the University of Manchester in partnership with Lancaster University. It builds on the world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials at Manchester and Lancaster to offer a broad interdisciplinary CDT. PhD students receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3½ year research project that you will select from 30+ top-rated research groups across 9 disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology for Medicine).

There are currently 80 students active across 4 year groups in the CDT offering excellent opportunities for sharing expertise and exchange of ideas. Extra opportunities on offer: student conferences, innovation and commercialisation training, joint events with other CDTs, outreach events. These contribute to building a group of outstanding scientists that will help to lead world research in graphene and other nanomaterials and development of their applications in the future.

Applications are invited for 10+ fully-funded PhD places. We welcome applications from graduates with a good degree (first or high upper second) in science, engineering or bio-medical disciplines looking for a challenging research project in an interdisciplinary environment. Places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of funded places are also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK. International students are welcome to apply providing they have their own funding.

The programme
6-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques, including 2 mini-projects in a choice of labs
Secondment opportunities to gain industry related skills or experience in research labs abroad
Cutting-edge research where you will develop interdisciplinary skills
Choice of experimental, theoretical and computational projects

Topics include:
Fundamental science of graphene and other two-dimensional materials;
Experimental and theoretical physics of nanodevices based on 2D materials;
2D heterostructures: materials on demand;
Synthesis, fabrication, characterisation and modelling of 2D materials;
Applications of graphene and other 2D materials in:
• Electronics
• Photonics
• Electrochemistry
• Composites
• Spintronics
• Filtration and separation
• Drug delivery
• Regenerative medicine…

How to apply:
Applications should be made online from October at:

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