Applications are invited to the School of Engineering, University of East Anglia, for a PhD in the field of optical fibre sensors based on nanostructured coatings.
Optical fibre sensing has attracted great attention in the last years due to the benefits that it offers compared to traditional electronic sensors, such as small size, biocompatibility and immunity to electromagnetic fields . Graphene-based nanostructures have tremendous potential for developing various types of sensors . Due to the fact that each atom of graphene is a surface atom, graphene is extremely sensitive to the external environment . Its exciting potential is combined in this proposal with the development of nanostructured coatings in order to develop a new generation of sensors with defined chemical specificity.
This project aims to design and manufacture low-cost, highly sensitive and selective optical fibre sensors incorporating graphene materials, which enhance the accuracy and response time of existing volatile organic compounds detection systems. The methodology and results obtained from this multidisciplinary project will allow the future development of a range of new optical fibre sensors for the detection of other substances of interest.
Applicants should hold or be completing an undergraduate honours degree with a 1st or a 2.1 classification.
Degrees in Material Science, Engineering, Chemistry and other related disciplines will be considered.