Multifunctional Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles for Delivery of Novel Antimicrobial Agents

Supervisor(s)

Contact Dr. Zhan Yuin Ong to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Applications are invited for a PhD project designing novel inorganic hybrid nanomaterials for the targeted delivery of novel antimicrobial agents to enhance therapeutic efficacy and reduce toxicities. This project will involve the synthesis and characterisation of these novel inorganic hybrid nanoparticles with varying sizes, shapes and chemical functionalities, as well as the evaluation of their biological safety and efficacy in addressing the key global health challenge of antimicrobial resistance. This project is well-suited to a self-motivated student with a keen interest in the development of novel nanotechnologies for biomedical applications, and with a strong interest in working in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

The successful candidate will be trained in a wide range of skills in the interdisciplinary area of Bionanotechnology such as nanoparticle fabrication, use of electron microscopes (TEM/SEM), XPS, DLS, ICP-AES, dark field and confocal microscopes, in vitro cell and bacteria culture and/or animal work.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant Chemistry, Physics, Materials science/ engineering, or Pharmaceutical/ biomedical science background.

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

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 'Multifunctional Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles for Delivery of Novel Antimicrobial Agents' as well as Dr. Zhan Yuin Ong as your proposed supervisor.

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.

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