Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Correlating the Toxicity of Zinc Oxide Nanowires with Life Cycle Changes in Physical and Chemical Properties
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in Nanotechnology. This scholarship is jointly funded by Swansea University and Université Grenoble-Alpes, with the successful candidate being supervised by Dr Thierry Maffeis.
Nanoparticles (NPs) offer several advantages over their bulk counterparts in many technological and medical applications ranging from transistors to sensors. They are also widely used in cosmetics, food and clothing. Human exposure occurs throughout the NPs lifecycle, such as:
- workers during NPs manufacture, handling, and waste treatment
- general population when using NP-based products
- unintentional exposure when NPs are released into the environment.
Pristine NPs degrade rapidly when exposed to the environment through chemical reactions, dissolution, aggregation, surface roughening and physical damage which affect their properties and functionality. It is hypothesized that their toxicity will change too; yet this important issue has yet to be addressed.
ZnO nanowires are the focus of this project because they exhibit optoelectronic and electrical properties that led to the demonstration of novel nanosensors, nanotransducers, photocatalysts and nanogenerators. They can be used for the development of human-electronic interfacing, biomedical diagnosis, drug delivery and wearable technologies that convert mechanical simulation in electricity for self-powered devices.
This project will pave the way towards the determination of safe exposure limits for pristine and weathered ZnO nanowires, enabling their implementation in commercial products. The successful candidate will spend time studying at both Swansea University and Université Grenoble-Alpes.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete and return:
- College of Engineering Research Scholarship Application Form
- Relevant academic and/or language proficiency certificates
to: Dr Thierry Maffeis: email@example.com
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st August 2016.
Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome, and may be directed to Dr Maffeis on the email address above or by telephoning +44 (0)1792 602234.