EPSRC CDT in Metamaterials/TEAM-A (PhD studentship): The development of novel electronic and photonic metadevices for adaptive multispectral imaging in the infrared

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The studentship is part of the UK’s Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) and the Prosperity Partnership programme Tailored Electromagnetic & Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A), based in the Departments of Physics and Engineering on the Streatham Campus in Exeter. Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.

The studentships is of value around £90,000, which includes £11,000 towards the research project (travel, consumables, equipment etc.), tuition fees, and an annual, tax-free stipend of approximately £14,500 per year for UK nationals.

Statement of Research

Joint supervisors: Professor C. David Wright, Dr Jacopo Bertolotti
Industry partner: QinetiQ

Multispectral/hyperspectral imaging is a relatively recent development in sensing, enabling the capture of images that contain far more information than is available from standard methods. In essence, every pixel in the scene is captured as a spectrum, which can span from the visible to the far infrared and even out to the THz region. Possible applications include environmental monitoring, robotics, geological surveying, agriculture, industrial process control, defence and security amongst many others.

In this project we will pioneer the development of novel kinds of adaptive and re-configurable multispectral/hyperspectral imaging techniques, based on the combination of optical metasurfaces with the switchable, reconfigurable and tuneable properties offered by chalcogenide alloys and 2D TMDCs (transition metal di-chalcogenides). The successful applicant will be part of Exeter’s CDT in Metamaterials and will join a thriving, internationally-leading research group with access to state-of-the-art electronic/photonic materials and device fabrication and testing facilities.


This award provides annual funding to cover UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,500 per year tax-free stipend. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 and half years of full-time study to commence in September 2018.

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