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Green Nanomaterials and their Optical, Environmental and Catalytic Applications

Applications are invited for ONE full-time 3-year PhD studentship for the project above with the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London starting from 1st March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. See https://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/cedps  for more information about the research activities in the College. 

The project will focus on optimising green optical nanomaterials that can be nano-engineered to respond in the UV-vis-NIR-SWIR spectral regions and their environmental self-selection and self-disassembly/photo-degradation in a circular economy.  You will also investigate their biomimetic photocatalytic applications.

The successful applicant will receive an annual bursary/stipend of £19,919. 

Please contact Professor Paul A Sermon for an informal discussion about the project.  You can either make contact by email, enclosing your current CV and background, to paul.sermon@brunel.ac.uk or by telephone at 07425131861 details.


Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees, either by nationality or by having been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, to receive the studentship. 

You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in Chemistry, Materials, Physics, Chemical Engineering or Engineering.  A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential.

How to apply

To apply for this position, you must email all of the following documents to paul.sermon@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 1st March 2019 at the latest:


  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.