PhD Studentship: Printable Graphene Sensing Systems for Drug and Alcohol Detection

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Richard Paul

Our research team at Bournemouth University is working on an exciting new technology with applications in drugs of abuse and alcohol testing. We are looking to recruit a bright and driven individual, with a background in chemistry to work with our team on the development of a graphene-based sensing system, capable of performing on-site drug and alcohol testing in biological samples.

This research will contribute to the scientific understanding of graphene functionalisation and ink formulation, and create new opportunities for functionalised graphene applications in applied science.  The work will develop our knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of graphene in solution, and the mechanisms of attaching molecules to the graphene surface, giving scientists worldwide the ability to utilise graphene for novel applications in areas such as biomedical testing, forensic science and research.

The successful candidate will work to tune the properties of graphene by anchoring functional chemical groups to utilise the material as a sensor. Graphene can be also used as the base material of formulating conductive inks that can be printed using different printing technology, allowing for scalable, high-resolution, additive patterning on conformable substrates for affordable device fabrication.

We offer the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team with experts in chemistry, engineering and forensic science. You'll work in an inspiring and collaborative environment and will receive training and opportunities for further development and professional growth.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • outstanding academic potential as measured by either a 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 16 April 2018.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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