PhD Studentship Soft-templated 3D Nanostructured Semiconductors

Applications are invited for a PhD position in semiconductors to join University of Southampton, UK. The initial contract for this position is 5 years. Potential candidates should apply before April 30, 2019.

Interviews will be held in May 2019

PhD Description: In this project you will create and characterise a new class of 3D nanostructuredsemiconductor materials that are of relevance to a wide range of applications within photovoltaics, optoelectronics and energy harvesting as part of an exciting collaboration between the University of Southampton and Diamond Light Source.

Three-dimensional (3D) nanostructuring of metals and semiconductors has resulted in enhanced optical, magnetic and electronic properties, yielding new devices and device concepts: plenty of evidence exists for new effects that can lead to advanced technology from such materials such as super-capacitors for mobile energy storage, extremely sensitive molecular sensors, and advanced solar cells. However despite these advances there are practical difficulties to achieve such precise construction and the most successful nanofabrication that is pervasive in electronics is 'top down'. Although incredibly successful, this is also incredibly expensive, rising exponentially in costs as the size-scales drop. Soft-templating is now an emerging approach for the formation of nanomaterials that allows to make a desired structure on nanometre scales. This involves making a mould or nanotemplate of a soft – or biomaterial, and then casting inside that template with the desired functional material, i.e. nanomaterials can be made elegantly, efficiently and economically.

In this project you will exploit soft-templates formed by the self-assembly of surfactants and lipids for the formation of well-ordered 3D nanostructured semiconductors that will be characterised by a comprehensive programme of investigations of the templated materials as well as template under different processing conditions involving TEM, SEM, XRD, SAXS and SANS as well as electronic and optical property measurements having access to world-class facilities at the University of Southampton and Diamond Light Source.

The project is funded for 3.5 years and welcomes applicants from the UK who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates per annum. (201819 rates were 14,777 and should increase for 201920)

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK students who meet the RCUK eligibility criteria

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at

Please ensure you select the academic session 2019-20 when making your application in the academic year field and click on the Research radio button. Enter Chemistry in the search text field

Please place Iris Nandhakumar in the field for proposed supervisor/project

General enquiries should be made to Any queries on the application process should be made to

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified


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