PhD project: Nanopore flow control and metrology for smart surfaces

United Kingdom
May 03, 2017
May 01, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Nanopore flow control and metrology for smart surfaces

Electro-Mechanical Group

Location: Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  Tuesday 01 May 2018

Reference: 866417BX


Reference: EngSci-ELM-303

Project Theme:  Mechatronics Signal Processing and Control, Materials & Surface Engineering.  

Nanopore flow characterisation is becoming an increasingly important with applications in DNA sequencing, protein analysis and gas analysis during shale gas extraction. At present, the standard method of measuring flow through a nanopore is by measuring the ion current. However, many liquids (including deionised water) have conductivities that are so low that measuring ion current becomes unfeasible. In this project, alternatives to ion current measurement will be explored using a combined MEMS and microfluidic approach. The nanopore flow measurement platform will be used to study the fundamental effect of external stimuli e.g. electric field and/or temperature, on the properties of liquids (e.g. water, alcohol, ionic liquid) near a surface. In the presence of such stimuli, a change of phase or viscosity could occur and this would enable “smart” surfaces to be constructed with controlled flow of liquids across a nanopore. This PhD project is part of a collaboration between the University of Southampton and A*STAR Singapore Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). The successful candidate will spend two years in Singapore and two years in Southampton, UK. Funding is available to strong candidates with British or EU citizenship. The ideal candidate should have at least an excellent bachelor's degree in any field of engineering or applied sciences, and be proficient in English.   If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Suan Hui Pu, Mechatronics research group, Email:

To apply please use the following link and select Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.  

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