PhD Studentship: 2D/3D-Hybrid Materials for Electronics, Photonics and Nano-Mechanics

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Photon Science Institute

Project title: 2D/3D-Hybrid Materials for Electronics, Photonics and Nano-Mechanics

Anticipated start date for project: September 2017; November 2017 or January 2018 entry

Eligibility: Home/eligible EU students can apply for this PhD post.

Student Funding Information:

Tuition fees will be paid in full by the scholarship.

Home/EU Students will be provided with £18,000 per year for the living expenses.

Information about the project

3-dimensional (3D) materials exhibit a plethora of properties widely used in applications and devices ranging from electronics over photonics to mechanics. Emerging 2D-materials, of which the most prominent example is graphene, have demonstrated exceptional properties such as e.g. high carrier mobilities, broad band optical absorption, light emission, sensing capabilities and high mechanical strength. However, the translation of purely 2D-material based devices from the lab to real world applications is inherently difficult. Besides technical performance, factors such as repeatability, reliability, up-scaling and cost need to addressed.

This PhD project will address this challenge by investigating the properties of 2D/3D-hybrid materials. Combining the “best of both worlds”, the project will focus on enhancing and extending the properties of 3D-materials through the co-integration of 2D-materials. Nano- and opto-electronic devices will be fabricated and characterized as well as integrated into Nano- and Micro-(Opto-) Electro-Mechanical Systems (M(O)EMS). Potential applications of these systems range from sensing over photonics to plasmonics.

The project is suitable for an ambitious physicist or electrical engineer with good background knowledge in semiconductor and device physics and strong interest in experimental work combined with theory. Potential candidates should have a strong interest in application and engineering oriented work to progress the technology readiness level of such devices and systems for real-world applications.

This Studentship would cover, for an appropriate candidate, fees and stipend at the standard EPSRC rate and is subject to EPSRC requirements, for eligibility see: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx. Due to funding restrictions, a full studentship is only available to students from the UK or EU who have been normally resident in the UK for at least 3 years. The Studentship is available for 3/3.5 years.

Contact for further information:

For further information contact Dr Tim Echtermeyer: tim.echtermeyer@manchester.ac.uk

How to apply:

If you wish to apply, please email a covering letter, full Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts detailing your examination marks your Undergraduate and/or MSc Course and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to Dr Tim Echtermeyer.

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