PhD in Materials Chemistry: Materials for Optical Oxygen Sensing

University of Hull - School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

To celebrate the University's research successes, the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for of the following project.

PhD Title: 'Materials for Optical Oxygen Sensing'

Application Closing Date:  30th June 2018.

PhD Start Date: 17th September 2018.

Supervisor: Dr Olga Efremova; <>, < +44 (0) 1482 465417>.  

Co-supervisor/s: Dr Jean-Sebastien Bouillard


Oxygen concentration in biological tissue is an important health indicator. Low concentration of oxygen in the tissue may be a symptom of serious diseases, such as cancer or inflammation. The overall scientific goal of this project is to develop biocompatible and robust materials for use in oxygen sensing for biological tissue and integrate them onto an optical probe.

Specific Details:

The research of the PhD student will include chemical synthesis work, i.e. development of compounds potential for optical oxygen sensing. Integration of these compounds into appropriate polymer matrices and their processing into nano-/ micro-structured materials, characterisation of optical and sensing properties of these materials and integration of the most promising materials with an optical probe. The PhD student will be further expected to collaborate with biomedical researchers to undertake tests with biological tissue.

Benefits for Successful Applicants:

The studentship will be an excellent opportunity to undertake a novel project to develop materials for biomedical applications. The student will develop expertise in several laboratory based techniques including chemical synthesis, electrospinning and characterisation of photophysical properties. The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and will benefit from working in highly multidisciplinary environment.

Minimum Candidate Requirements:

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Materials Sciences, or related discipline, together with relevant research experience. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.

For informal inquiries and discussion:

Please contact <> - <+44 (0) 1482 465417>

How to Apply:

Please click on the link below.

Funding Information:

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.  

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

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