Graphene NOWNANO

Graphene NOWNANO is a newly established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) based on our NOWNANO programme. 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 will receive initial state-of-the-art training in the fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications and key techniques. This is followed by a 3½ year research project in 30+ top-rated research groups across 10 disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Medicine, Environment).

PhD in Nanoscience

4 Year PhD fully funded studentships

Key points of the programme

  • Research in the nanoscience of graphene/2D materials and their broad applications
  • 6-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques, including 2 mini-projects in a choice of labs
  • 3 ½ year research in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary nanoscience laboratories
  • 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

Who should apply?

Applications are invited for up to 13 fully-funded PhD places. We welcome applications from graduates with a minimum of a 2i class UK Masters honours degree or international equivalent, or a first degree with an additional Masters degree or international equivalent in science, engineering or bio medical disciplines. Funded 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. Applicants should be looking for a challenging, interdisciplinary research training environment.

Please provide a document of 500 words maximum describing why you wish to take a four year PhD programme and outlining any previous research-related experience you may already have (industrial year, final year Honours project, etc). Include any other information you consider relevant to your application.

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