Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted
5 May 2018

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PhD Various
University of the West of Scotland

Nanocomposite Functional Biomaterial

Scotland, United Kingdom
5 May 2018

Position Description

Nanocomposite Functional Biomaterial
Fully funded PhD research studentship or Research Assistantship

This research is an interdisciplinary research challenge that would endeavour to create functional nanocomposite biocompatible materials with controlled responsive and selective surface properties. A number of “nano” materials can be utilised, thus there is scope for the researcher to elaborate but here our overall directive would be to develop / synthesise carbon nanotube and graphene based nanocomposite biomaterials (GNB), thus exploiting diverse biomedical applications. GNBs can be composed of graphene nanoparticle (NP) dispersed in polymers or functionalised NP that are copolymerised with synthetic or natural polymers. Characterisation of these new biomaterials will be by optical, electron and atomic probe microscopes. The biomaterial interaction with biomolecules using spectroscopic ellipsometry, neutron reflectivity and fluorescence techniques are to be planned. The candidate would also explore the compatibility of these materials with cells, interaction with proteins, the potential use in biomedical engineering and develop GNB based prototype products.

The successful candidate will be based within a multidisciplinary setting that enables further training in advanced physicochemical characterisation, cell culture and organic synthesis. The flexibility within this research can allow the student to develop the project toward physics, biology or chemistry; however preference for master’s student with experience of polymer or nanomaterial synthesis, and/or spectroscopic ellipsometry would be preferred

The research is collaborative effort between the UWS, Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR), Laboratory for Molecular Surfaces and Nanotechnology (LAMSUN) at University of Catania, Italy. Thus travel would be expected for research to other university collaborators. Candidates are expected to have an excellent disposition, attention to detail, withstand a fast learning curve, good communication and enthusiasm.

How to Apply

Applicants are advised to apply by e-mail to Initial enquiries should be accompanied by a full CV including detailed description of relevant undergraduate, postgraduate research and work experiences in their information

Position Category: Chemical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Various. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.

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