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Development and tuning the optical properties of metal-free quantum dots

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “Development and tuning the optical properties of metal-free quantum dots”.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

The successful applicant will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering. This project will focus on developing optically active materials using cheap feedstock and simple, high yield processing (e.g. microwave synthesis, high pressure reactor).  During the project you will develop synthetic methods and optimise the properties of C-dot materials exhibiting optical activity suitable for application to a variety of uses. Tuning their optical properties will be of primary interest to develop novel applications that avoid the use of toxic heavy metals.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to apply inorganic and organic chemistry principles to chemical synthesis. Some knowledge of materials characterisation, electron microscopy and an interest in optical materials.

Please contact Dr George Fern at george.fern@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentships.

This is a College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentship.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Natural Sciences or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.   

In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team as well as individually, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.