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PhD Studentship: Topology-Enhanced Lanthanide Surfaces for Luminescence Detection

University of Birmingham - School of Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: tuition fees and a monthly stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th November 2022
Closes: 9th January 2023

Lanthanides have attractive luminescent properties, with a characteristic fingerprint luminescence signal which has long lifetimes and narrow bandwidth. The near infra-red emitting lanthanides, Yb, Nd, Er have characteristic profiles which range from 900 nm to 1500 nm. However, their application in photonic devices is limited from the low quantum yield of emission due to their poor absorption characteristics.

To address the above, this interdisciplinary project will explore novel designs of textured metallic surfaces to realise strong field confinement (beyond the diffraction limit) underpinned by surface modes known as plasmons. Such environment can change dramatically the dynamics of the lanthanides, paving the way for new photonic devices intended for optical communications and healthcare. Optimisation of the topology of the lanthanides as well as the chemistry to bound them to the textured metallic surfaces will be also explored. The project will include synthetic chemistry, advanced physical techniques and computational design.

We expect the PhD candidate to develop the expertise required to lead an experimental research project, to train students and to interact with colleagues with different backgrounds (chemistry, physics and engineering). Details of the project will be agreed with the interested candidates to tailor the research to his/her interests.

The research programme will take place in an international and interdisciplinary environment, which will substantially favour collaboration opportunities within University of Birmingham and afield.
Applications are sought from highly motivated students graduating with second upper class or above in chemistry, physics or material science. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, depending on the strength of the applicant.

For details of the funding available and advice on making your application, please contact: z.pikramenou@bham.ac.uk

Funding

The CDT studentship will cover tuition fees and a monthly stipend for 4 years of study.

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