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PhD Studentship: On the Synthesis of Two-dimensional (2D) Janus Materials for Quantum Technologies

Imperial College London - Department of Materials

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Tuition fees at the home rate plus a stipend of £17,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 31st December 2021

Department: Department of Materials

Supervisor: Dr. Cecilia Mattevi Duration: 36 months

Eligibility criteria: Open to students with home fee status.

Funding: Tuition fees at the home rate plus a stipend of £17,609 per annum

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship focused on the synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) Janus materials within the Materials Department at Imperial College London. The project has a fundamental focus, in developing new synthesis strategies to achieve “two faces” (Janus) materials which are an emerging class of materials for quantum technologies. This is part of a collaborative effort with KAUST.

Atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are attracting enormous attention as promising materials for different applications ranging from flexible electronics to electrocatalysis, electrochemical actuators, energy storage devices, topological electronic devices and quantum technologies. The project will focus on the synthesis of not yet achieved 2D Janus TMDs via different methods, including colloidal synthesis and chemical vapour deposition. The materials properties will be characterized. The materials composition choice will be based on the first-principles and molecular dynamics simulation results obtained by the project partner based at KAUST.

Part of this PhD will be also the use and the development of advanced characterization tools, based on Raman, advanced electron microscopy and surface sensitive techniques (LEIS and SIMS) and the establishing of an in-operando characterization tool during the synthesis. State-of-the-art equipment available in Materials Dpt at Imperial will be utilized in this project. Applicants should have a keen engagement and solid background in materials chemistry and characterisation. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours degree or an equivalent degree in Chemistry, Materials, Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.

The studentship is for 3 years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £17,609.

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure ( ).

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to Dr. Cecilia Mattevi 

To apply, please go to Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Annalisa Neri, 

Closing date: 31 December 2021

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The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. 

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