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PhD Studentship: Design and development of graphene-based optical fibre sensors for volatile organic compound detection (HERNAEZM_U19SCIC)

University of East Anglia - School of Mathematics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd October 2018
Closes: 26th November 2018

Location University of East Anglia, Norwich
Start date: 1/10/2019
Closing date: 26/11/2018
No. of positions available: 1
Hours: Full-time
Contract: Temporary
Supervisors Dr Miguel Hernaez 

Project description

Applications are invited to the Engineering Division at the School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia, for a PhD in the field of optical fibre sensors based on nanostructured coatings.

Optical fibre sensing has attracted great attention in the last years due to the benefits that it offers compared to traditional electronic sensors, such as small size, biocompatibility and immunity to electromagnetic fields [1].  Graphene-based nanostructures have a tremendous potential for developing various types of sensors [2].  Due to the fact that each atom of graphene is a surface atom, graphene is extremely sensitive to the external environment [3].  Its exciting potential is combined in this proposal with the development of nanostructured coatings in order to develop a new generation of sensors with defined chemical specificity.

This project aims to design and manufacture low-cost, highly sensitive and selective optical fibre sensors incorporating graphene materials, which enhance the accuracy and response time of existing volatile organic compounds detection systems. The methodology and results obtained from this multidisciplinary project will allow the future development of a range of new optical fibre sensors for the detection of other substances of interest.


[1] Culshaw, B. et al. (2008). J. Lightwave Technol. 26, 1064-1078.
[2] Geim, A.K. (2009). Science 324, 1530-1534.
[3] Geim, A.K., Novoselov, K.S. (2007). Nat Mater 6, 183-191.

Person Specification Applicants should hold or be completing an undergraduate honours degree with a 1st or a 2.1 classification. Degrees in Material Science, Engineering and other related disciplines will be considered.

Funding notes

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Science competition for funded studentships.  These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,777 and £1,000 per annum to support research training.  Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2018-19 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at . Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

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