PhD Studentship: High-moment magnetic nanoparticles: the fundamental and applications

University of Leicester

Location: University of Leicester

A fully-funded 4 year-PhD studentship starting in September/October 2018 is available in the Doctoral training centre for Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT) at the University of Leicester.


Superfluid helium droplets have now emerged as a highly versatile and uniquely powerful tool for the fabrication of nanomaterials, including nanoparticles and nanowires, due to their excellent properties. These include the super fluidity, the very low temperature, the extremely high thermal conductivity and quantized vortices. Compared with conventional synthetic methods, superfluid helium droplets offer exceptional degree of control, allowing the formation of core-shell and core-multiple shell nanostructures. This project will focus on the fabrication of high-moment magnetic nanoparticles and nanowires, and will explore their applications in medical diagnostics and treatment.

This project will address a major challenge in nanoscience, i.e., the fabrication of magnetic nanomaterials with magnetic moments higher than the bulk limits, and will establish the pathways towards medical diagnostics and therapy using these robust nanomagnets.

Funding Information:

IMPaCT students are fully funded studentships which include:

  • A full UK/EU fee waiver for 4 years
  • An annual tax free stipend of £14,777 (2018/19)
  • Possibility of additional top up for industry sponsored projects.
  • Generous Research Training Support Grant.

Studentships are open to UK Home / EU applicants who meet the residency criteria which is set out by the Research Council EPSRC.

A limited amount of partial funding is available for exceptional international applicants who are highly qualified and motivated.  Due to the nature of this funding, the CDT would only be able to cover the cost of the Home/EU fees and therefore the applicant would need to either find alternative funding or self-fund the fee difference

Informal Enquiries:

Please make any informal enquiries to Dr Shengfu Yang –

How to apply:

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