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I currently have a funded PhD opportunity in extrusion processing for Vegan Burgers based between Brunel and Reading Universities with industrial support from Unilever.  Please see the link and get in touch with me if you are interested in applying.  The deadline for applications is Friday 13 May 2022 (10am).

Details of the PhD project are here:  FBS2022-03-Fern-br-ad.pdf (

General details and other PhD opportunities are here: Looking for a PhD? - FoodBioSystems (

Please get in touch if you are interested in developing materials and applications relating to luminescent materials, sensors and polymer processing, see below for some topic ideas if you are self funded:

  • Development of novel materials and applications of phosphors
  • Development of luminescent carbon based nano-materials
  • Ionising radiation detectors
  • Sustainable Farming via polymer films / composites
  • Electron Microsopy of intrinsic UV emitting materials
  • Solution Processed OLED Devices
  • Development of full colour microdisplay

The group currently has 5 research fellows and a number of Doctoral Research students working across these areas.

Research supervision

Current Research Fellows

  1. Terry Ireland (FEUD)
  2. Aqeel Khan (PFP)
  3. Myles Worsley (PFP)
  4. Oliver Buchan (QANDELA) (Completed but available for consultancy in lighting)
  5. Kun Qi (Extrusion Projects)

Current Doctoral Researchers

  1. Hailab Kubrom, Feb 2017-
  2. G Shokano, 2017-
  3. N Gunaratna Mudiyanselage, 2019-
  4. B Petrovic, 2019-
  5. R Garner, 2020-
  6. Mutullingham Kumaraverl, 2021-
  7. M Andrews, 2022-

Past Doctoral Researchers

  1. Dr Ali Salimian, 2007, Electroluminescent Devices, Greenwich University
  2. Dr Abdullah Tahhan, 2015, Solar Cell Enhancement using a variety of materials/phosphors
  3. Dr Anna Wojdyla-Ciesam, 2016, Hydrophobic and Oleophobic coatings.
  4. Dr James Allan, 2015, Thermal-Photovoltaic Cells operation and modelling.
  5. Dr Tsegie Farris, OTFT devices
  6. Dr Fanchao Meng, PV enhancement using phosphor