Encapsulation and dynamics of novel soft photonic materials


Contact Dr. Mamatha Nagaraj to discuss this project further informally

Project description

Liquid crystals are well-known for their applications in display devices. Nonetheless, they are great photonic materials too. A photonic structure is a regular arrangement of dielectric objects, separated by a distance, comparable to the wavelength of light. Photonic structures made with soft materials such as liquid crystals, polymers and gels offer a number of advantages including mobility, self-assembly, tuneability and ease of manufacturing.

Hence there is a huge interest to develop novel methods of producing soft photonic structures, understanding their dynamics in guest-host systems. The aim of this project is to establish procedures to encapsulate photonic materials though microfluidics and understand the dynamics of swelling and de-swelling of enclosures by systematic scattering and dynamics studies. The work will be interdisciplinary and will be carried out in collaboration with School of Chemistry, Leeds and Diamond Light Source, Oxford.

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.

Additional staff contact

Dr. Johan Mattsson

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 'Encapsulation and dynamics of novel soft photonic materials' 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.