The nanotechnology research theme focuses on the revolutionary opportunities associated with nanomaterials and nanoscale engineering. We undertake research into a variety of nanotechnologies and their applications across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors and academic themes.
We work closely with colleagues in the Materials Engineering research group and the School of Life, Health, and Chemical Sciences, as well as many external cross-disciplinary collaborators, to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing the world today.
Our research interests include:
- Atomic layer deposition processes for the fabrication of functional thin films
- Developing low-cost, reliable, highly stable optical biosensors for healthcare applications
- Nanofabrication, nanostructured systems, and nanoelectronic devices
- Scanning probe microscopy for research involving advanced materials, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and personal care.
For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding
Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or science subject
Potential research projects
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD in any area related to the topics above, please get in touch with one of the listed supervisors. You can find out more about the research interests of each academic by clicking on their profile link below.
Before submitting an application you will need to do some background reading around your topic and develop a research proposal. We can provide assistance with identifying funding sources and occasionally offer funded PhD projects. We welcome mature students, and are open to applications for part-time and full-time study.
Current/recent research projects
- Acoustic assessment of nanostructured surfaces
- Enhancement of titanium alloy bioactivity via peptide and hydroxyapatite coatings
- Enhancing engine oil performance using nanoparticle and bio-lubricant additives
- High temperature processing of micro/nanoparticulate minerals
- Scanning probe microscopy for measuring B cell receptor affinity maturation in germinal centres
- Understanding the interactions between nanoparticles and engineered surfaces.
If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:
- Dr James Bowen
For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link
under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.