Porous and tuneable three dimensional nano-channels


Contact Dr Mamatha Nagaraj to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The project will employ three dimensional self-assembled liquid crystals and polymers to fabricate tuneable nano and mesoporous materials. It involves careful chemical and electrical tailoring of the nanostructures of mesophases by templating and other material engineering procedures to obtain electrically tuneable porous materials. This is a major part of a project of developing templated structures for photonic, sensing and filtration applications.

The liquid crystallinity offers the potential for discovering various degrees of control: for example, tuning elastic and electrical properties or electrically tuning the porosity before setting. The aim of the project is to engineer and understand soft porous materials based on liquid crystals.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Porous and tuneable three dimensional nano-channels for selective sensing devices’ as well as Dr Mamatha Nagaraj as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: physics.pg.admissions@leeds.ac.uk

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.