Funded PhD Studentship: Nano-Electronic Devices Based on Size-Controlled Nanoparticles

Swansea University - Engineering

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Start date: 8 January 2018.

This project will investigate using size-controlled clusters of nano-particles deposited on to patterned supports to create novel electronic devices.

A collaboration between Prof. Richard Palmer and Dr Richard Cobley, the project will include the development of a miniature matrix assembly cluster source (MACS) and the fabrication of novel supports by thin film deposition on to patterned substrates within the cleanroom at Swansea’s Centre for Nanohealth. Prototype devices will be characterised using multi-probe ultra high vacuum measurements, scanning tunnelling microscopy, auger microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

PhD funding is available and interested students are invited to contact for more information.


Academic requirements:

Candidates should have a master's-level degree (or about to complete), and at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree, both in physical sciences, engineering, electronics, materials, or nanotechnology.

Potential students should have gained practical experience in a laboratory research project, be familiar with working in a laboratory, and describe their bachelor's and master's research projects in their application, with particular attention to the experimental techniques they have used.

Residency criteria:

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU candidates.

However self-funded international students are welcome to apply and exceptional international students who have already published during their master's may be eligible for a separate scholarship so please contact Dr Richard Cobley ( for more information.

Additional Funding Information

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £14,553 p.a. (due to increase in line with RCUK standard stipend).

Laboratory consumables for students eligible for an RCUK scholarship are covered from the wider project budget.

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