Research Associate in Block Copolymer Synthesis & Utilisation for Sensing Applications

University College London - UCL Chemical Engineering

UCL is one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in Europe with around 8,000 staff and 25,000 students. The position is advertised by the Adaptive & Responsive Nanomaterials Group led by Dr Stefan Guldin and based at the Department of Chemical Engineering. Funding is provided through a recent EPSRC Award on a research proposed titled “Block Copolymer-enabled Mesopore Sensing”, which will be carried out in collaboration with Pilkington NSG and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication at Monash University (Prof. Nicholas Voelcker). The aim of this research proposal is to build porous materials architectures with unprecedented functioning in humidity and biomedical sensing through the structural control offered by the use of block copolymer (BCP) co-assembly. The successful candidate will lead the development on three work packages, namely (A) control over pore size and uniformity in mesoporous thin films by a suitable BCP library; (B) use of mesopore control for capacitance-based humidity sensing and (C) translation of findings into suitable device architectures. A PhD student will work alongside the PDRA to work on related applications to biosensing.

The post is funded for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility to extend up to a total of 36 months.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related discipline and must be motivated, independent and hard-working with strong a research background in areas relevant to this project. Sound knowledge of block copolymer synthesis, as well as a variety of characterisation techniques (SAXS, GPC, NMR, SLS) is essential. A strong interest in the use of BCPs for the co-assembly of inorganic materials, thin film deposition, surface functionalisation, ellipsometry and giSAXS is expected. Training will be provided where necessary.

UCL vacancy reference: 1725469       

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr Stefan Guldin at s.guldin@ucl.ac.uk . If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact David Alabaster ( d.alabaster@ucl.ac.uk ).

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