Nanomaterials/nanocomposites for nanodevices. Self funded PhD in Engineering Ref: 3080

About the Research Project

Location:  Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Academic Supervisors:  Prof Yanqiu Zhu

Project description:

The broad aim of the PhD project is to create multifunctional nanomaterials/nanocomposites that can be used to develop various nanodevices, including sensors, batteries, smart windows etc. The project involves advanced nanomaterials synthesis, processing and comprehensive property characterization, aiming to understand the physical, chemical, optical and mechanical properties of such nanomaterials. Advanced nanocomposites based on these nanomaterials will also be fabricated using suitable assembly techniques. Potential synthesis processes including Hydro/solvothermal process, CVD, sol-gel etc. The successful candidates will work within a large vibrant team alongside other colleagues in the Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory.

For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor: Prof Yanqiu Zhu (


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Entry requirements

Applicants for this research project must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least a 2.1 UK Honours degree, an MSc or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in materials science/chemistry/physics. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and two academic references. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. You may also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email

Please quote reference 3080 on your application and in any correspondence about this project.


Application deadline:24th September 2018
Value:This project is self-funded
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: EMPS Postgraduate Research Office