- Value: This project is open to self-funded students and is eligible for funding from the Henry Ellison Scholarship and EPSRC scholarships. All successful UK/EU and international applicants will be considered for funding, in an open competition across the School of Physics and Astronomy.
- Number of awards: 1
- Deadline: Ongoing
- Key benefits: This project is open to self-funded students and is eligible for funding from the
Henry Ellison Scholarship and
All successful UK/EU and international applicants will be considered for funding, in an open competition across the School of Physics and Astronomy. To be considered for this funding, it is recommended to apply no later than 31 March 2018 for funding to start in October 2018. However, earlier applications are welcome and will be considered on an ongoing basis.
Type of project
Competition funded PhD projects
Contact Dr. Mamatha Nagaraj to discuss this project further informally
Self-assembly is a remarkable phenomenon in nature and developing novel self-assembled systems for new technology areas is both exciting and important. Examples of new systems include ones where nanomaterials have been dispersed in liquid crystals to enhance their physical properties and to achieve alignment and self-assembly of nanomaterials into large organized structures in different dimensions.
Such systems are potentially important because of their unusual switching properties which could be exploited in devices including, optical switches and diffraction gratings, as well as their novel architectures that will interact with light (photonic structures). The focus of this project will be to develop novel functional materials by combining liquid crystals, polymers and gels with nanomaterials, to explore their suitability in new photonic, electronic and telecommunication devices.
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. Robert Menzel
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 'Self-assembling nanocomposite 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.
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.