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

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Research projects

Graphene NOWNANO is unique in that as a PhD student, you're able to select your research project during the first six months of the programme, rather than having your project pre-allocated prior to admission.

Eliott Higgins

Being part of a CDT has been a huge help to my research. It gives you access to a multidisciplinary group of people all working in graphene research, which helps speed up research effort and encourages collaboration.

Eliott Higgins / CDT student based in the Department of Chemistry

A new and updated list of projects is offered every year by academics from all participating departments at The University of Manchester. The majority of the projects are interdisciplinary, involving collaborations between research groups in different academic departments, so you will normally have at least two supervisors.

You are provided with a project booklet that includes the project title, the project background and descriptive outline as well as the contact details of each supervisory team. A poster presentation session is arranged so that you can discuss each of the projects of interest to you in more detail directly with the project supervisor. We strongly recommend that you arrange a further meeting to visit the facilities and members of the wider supervisory team before making your final selection.

Browse a list of the research projects chosen by the 2020 cohort to give you an idea of the types of projects that you could undertake.

Applications of 2D and nanomaterials in medicine

  • Graphene-based Biomarker Scavengers of the Blood Pool - Supervisor: Kostas Kostarelos
  • Dynamic Interactions and Fate of 2-D Nanosheets within Mammalian Cells: Material Structure - Kostas Kostarelos
  • Investigating the impact of graphene and 2D materials on the central nervous system - Cyrill Bussy
  • Exploiting nano-functionalised graphene and human adipose-derived stem cells towards directed nerve regeneration and interfacing - Adam J Reid
  • Defining the impact of 2D materials on innate immune cell activation and function for a safe production and use - Cyrill Bussy

Chemistry and synthesis of graphene and 2D materials

  • Production of TMDCs at the Oil-Water Interface - Robert Dryfe
  • Non-covalent modification of graphene towards development of an electronic detection device for pathogen identification - Samuel T. Jones
  • 2D Porous Metal Organic Framework-Graphene Oxide (MOF-GO) Materials for Gas Separations - Martin Schröder

Composites and materials developments

  • Graphene-biopolymer hydrogels - preparation, properties and applications - Aravind Vijayaraghavan
  • Plasma functionalisation of 2D materials for multifunctional composites and fluids - Mark Bissett
  • New 2D inks for printing - Cinzia Casiraghi
  • CVD growth of 2D materials for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications - Mark Bissett
  • Understanding the Properties of 2D Material Reinforced Nanocomposites - Tim Burnett
  • Low-dimensional nanomaterials in liquid crystals - Ingo Dierking

Electronic and mechanical properties of 2D materials

  • Nanoscale transport properties of novel van der Waals materials - Kostya Novoselov
  • Electronic and magnetic properties of intercalated layered and 2D materials - Andre Geim
  • Transport properties of novel Van der Waals materials - Andre Geim
  • Time-domain capacitance and noise spectroscopy in van der Waals materials - Artem Mishchenko
  • Magnetic tunnel junctions based on atomically thin barriers: graphene and beyond - Irina Grigorieva
  • Thermoelectricity in twisted graphene layers - Andrey Kretinin

Graphene and 2D materials for energy applications

  • Chemical Functionalisation of 2D Materials for Energy Storage - Mark Bissett
  • Graphene oxide passivation in perovskite solar cells - Wendy Flavell
  • Novel structured electrodes for graphene-enabled advances battery applications - Suelen Barg
  • Enabling Atomically Thin Perovskites for Advanced Solar Cells - Sarah Haigh
  • Body heat harvesting with flexible 2D material laminates - Andrey Kretinin
  • 3D Printing of MXenes Electrode Architectures for Energy Storage Devices - Suelen Barg
  • Scalable one-atom-thick proton transport membranes - Andre Geim
  • Ultra-fast 2D Electronic Devices for energy harvesting (Ballistic rectifiers) - Ernie Hill and Aimin Song

Imaging and visualisation

  • Building new capabilities for atomic resolution imaging in liquids - Sarah Haigh
  • Atomic Scale Imaging of Electrochemical transformations - Sarah Haigh
  • Scanning probe microscopy of atomically thin crystals in vacuum - Roman Gorbachev

Membranes and coatings

Modelling and theory of 2D materials and heterostructures

  • Determining the atomic and electronic structures of carbon nitrides using density functional theory and quantum Monte Carlo methods - Neil Drummond
  • Electrical and optical control of topological excitations in 2D superconductors - Niels Walet
  • Quantum 2D materials - Vladimir Falko
  • Plasmon-enabled photodetection in van der Waals heterostructures -  Alessandro Principi
  • Quantum design of localized states via defects, interactions and topology in 2-dimensional quantum materials - Henning Schomerus
  • Modelling interfacial chemistry using graphene and 2D materials - Paola Carbone
  • Theory of ballistic and moiré superlattice effects in heterostructures of 2D materials - Vladimir Falko
  • Electron‐electron correlations in two‐dimensional materials (2DM) and 2DM heterostructures - Vladimir Falko

Optical and THz properties of 2D materials

Sensors and devices

  • Magnetic Skyrmions for Novel Spintronic Devices - Christoforos Moutafis
  • Exploring the electrical and physical properties of 2D atomically layered materials with advanced scanning proble microscopy - Thomas Thomson
  • Printed capacitive and resistive mechanical sensors using inks based on two-dimensional materials and carbon nanotube dispersions - Aravind Vijayaraghavan
  • Graphene based active thermal switches - Coskun Kocabas
  • Towards THz dynamics of 2D materials and spintronic devices - Thomas Thomson
  • Graphene and other 2D materials for novel device applications - Roman Gorbachev
  • Memory devices with metal organics and 2D materials - Aimin Song