PhD Studentship: Photoresponsive nanocomposite coatings for anti-laser dazzling in aviation safety

United Kingdom
May 16, 2018
May 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The aim of this project is to develop a nanocrystal quantum dot (QDs) based photoresponsive nanocomposite coating which will respond to and adsorb laser illuminations at selected wavebands with high input intensities, whilst the normal visible light transmission at low input intensities is not obstructed, leading to an energy dependent blocking of laser light. Due to quantum confinement effect, the fluorescence emission wavelength is also dependent on the dot size, that will allow us to mitigate laser in different colour.  

The specific objectives of the project will be: (i) to synthesise nanocrystal QDs with desired size and corresponding optical properties, by using the advanced continuous-flow reactor technology developed in our research groups; (ii) to design and functionalise QDs surface; (iii) to embed such produced QDs into polymeric matrix to form nanocomposite coatings; and (iv) to characterise the coatings in terms of laser intensity mitigation. This project will be supervised by a multidisciplinary supervisory team across engineering, materials chemistry, and industry, based on the established collaboration.  

Candidates will have a first class or upper second class degree (or its equivalent) in relevant disciplines, e.g. chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering and/or relevant nano science and technology. The successful candidate will work with a group of highly motivated, first class research students in the areas of engineering materials, chemistry and bioengineering.  

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Xunli Zhang, Bioengineering research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 5099.


Funding and Eligibility

This project is in competition with others for funding; the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded a full studentship. This 3 year studentship covers home-rate tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate, which is £14,777 for 2018/19.

The funding is only available to UK citizens or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship and not mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education. For further guidance on funding, please contact


How to Apply

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