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Laser annealing of ZnO to produce an ultraviolet light emitting diode

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Starting: 2018
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU)


The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University offers a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship suitable for an experimental physicist, material scientist or engineer. You will work in the iSMART facility (Innovations in Surfaces, Materials And Related Technologies) where you will gain expertise in leading-edge, thin film technology, laser processing and photonics, as well as experience in translating fundamental research into practical applications.

The research project addresses an important problem: the need for low cost and efficient UV light sources for medical and industrial applications. ZnO shows great potential in this area. Of paramount importance is the control of defect density as well as the fabrication of both n-type and p-type ZnO thin films. In this research project, you will apply our proprietary laser annealing technique to the fabrication of high quality ZnO thin films with controlled characteristics, as the building blocks for novel UV light emitting devices. Our laser annealing technique offers highly localised annealing, achieving high temperatures for ultra-short periods of time, and is compatible with large area processing (via surface scanning).

Nottingham Trent University is renowned for leading edge research, strong links with industry and its excellent teaching that shape lives and society. The School’s leading-edge research was recognised by the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2015. The University is making multi-million pound investments in both buildings and equipment at the Clifton campus, an award-winning “green” campus, where you will be based. You will join a growing and vibrant research group, within the world-leading Materials and Engineering Research Centre. The group benefits from significant international and national collaborators and excellent quality resources (expertise and equipment). You will be part of the wider postgraduate community within the School, with opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration with experts in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Nanotechnology.


Professor Mary O'Neill

Dr Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis

Dr Nikolaos Kalfagiannis

Entry qualifications

Entrants must have a first/undergraduate Honours degree, with an Upper Second Class or a First Class grade, in Physics, Material Science, Nanotechnology, Electrical Electronic Engineering, or a relevant subject. Entrants with a Lower Second Class grade at first degree must also have a postgraduate Masters Degree at Merit.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications close at 5 pm (UK time) on Monday 16 July.

Download an application form here.
Please make sure you take a look at our application guidance notes before making your application.

Further information on how to apply can be found on this page.

Fees and funding

This studentship competition is open to applicants who wish to study for a PhD on a full-time basis only. The studentship will pay UK/EU fees (currently set at £4,195 for 2017/18 and are revised annually) and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (this is revised annually and is currently set at £14,553 for the academic year 2017/18) for up to three years.

Guidance and support

Further information on guidance and support can be found on this page.

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Mary O'Neill