|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Full tuition plus £15000 p.a. per 3 years.|
|Placed On:||28th August 2019|
|Closes:||1st November 2019|
This PhD opportunity is founded from Cranfield University through the “Mike Gibson’s PhD Studentship” award. Fully-funded studentship
Application deadline: 1st November 2019
Intake start date: 3rd February 2020
PhD supervisors: Eleftheria (Licia) Dossi – Cranfield University (UK)
Mogens Havsteen Jakobsen: DTU – Technical University of Denmark (DK)
Duration of award: 3 Years
Applications are invited for a three years PhD studentship funded by Cranfield University in Shrivenham through the “Mike Gibson’s PhD Studentship” award.
The PhD research will be developed at Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) facilities in Shrivenham-UK and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) facilities in Lyngby (DK).
The successful applicant will join internationally recognised experimental groups working on chemistry, polymer chemistry and the development of innovative sensor technologies within Environmental and Security applications.
The threat level from international terrorism or individuals inspired by terror has steadily increased around the world. The use of homemade explosives (HMEs) and improvised explosives devices (IEDs) in terrorist acts, as well as the production and distribution of illegal drugs and narcotics with severe economic and social consequences are two of the most serious problems currently facing a secure and resilient society. Hence, the prevention of the development, production, stockpiling, transport and use of illicit materials is one of the most significant challenges for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) such as police forces, security agencies as well as tax and customs border services.
This leads to a demand for flexible, mobile and fast responsive equipment for the detection of illicit substances, explosives and drugs, and precursors for manufacturing of harmful chemicals.
CDS in collaboration with the DTU have recently developed through an EU-FP7 programme, a prototype of portable sniffer and proved the concept of ability to detect vapours of illicit substances.
The student will be in charge of the further development and optimisation of the handheld CRIM-TRACK sniffer to detect vapour traces of a wide range of threat substances with parts per trillion (ppt) sensitivity, in very short times (less than 5 minutes) and in a variety of scenarios.
The PhD student will be involved in all detection phases described below, which will be developed/performed in CDS and DTU facilities.
Fully-funded studentship - Opportunities which are fully funded (e.g. covers all fees and stipend) PhD tuition fees (Home/EU, technical) for 3 years, PhD stipend for 3 years (£15K/y)
The applicant should:
Have a MSc degree in chemistry
Be able to carry out independently organic synthesis and analytical chemistry
Proficient in MATLAB
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