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Advanced Nanomaterials Based Ultrasensitive Photonic Biosensors for Healthcare S&T62

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T62

We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD student to work on a project that will exploit a new generation of nano-photonic biosensors with the advantages of ultrahigh sensitivity and specificity, label-free, real-time and multiplexing biodetection to improve human health and well-being. The study is of a multi-disciplinary nature, straddles the boundaries of physics and bioscience by employing nanomaterials, nanotechnology and biomedical engineering.

Human health is one of the 21st century's major concerns. The WHO recently reported that several diseases (cancer, infectious illnesses, heart disease, stroke and diabetes) caused almost two-thirds of all deaths worldwide. For example, cancer caused 9.6 million deaths in 2018. The diseases are undeniably a tremendous burden on both people and society at large. The economic impact of diseases is so significant that the annual cost is estimated at US$ 1.16 trillion. The illnesses all require rapid and accurate detection of tiny concentrations of analytes or substances. Traditional methods have significant drawbacks: laborious sample preparation, time-consuming and costly instruments. As a result, faster and highly sensitive techniques are required to overcome those disadvantages. Photonics technologies play a key role as building advanced biosensors and next generation medical diagnostics tools. They have the potential to revolutionise healthcare through improved sensitivity and as innovative analytical tools in life sciences. In the era of digital health there is a great demand for novel methods and medical devices for monitoring the illnesses in particular infectious disease conditions caused by mediators challenging to trace. Thus, it is likely that the developed biosensors and validated prototypes will have a significant impact on the clinical practice and therapeutic strategies.

Working within a multi-disciplinary team, you will be responsible for the design and fabrication a variety of novel photonic devices, synthesis of various 2D-materials of interest (e.g. graphene, black phosphorus, TMDs, quantum dots…), characterisation with TEM, AFM, XRD and Raman microscopy, integration and biofunctionalisation of nanophotonic biosensors, and the investigation of light-matter interactions. The created biosensors will be used in applications such as infectious disease detection, cancer diagnosis, food pathogen detection, and environmental pollution monitoring.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join our EU-funded project (12 international organisations from 8 countries), participate in innovative research, international collaboration, training & network to enhance career opportunities in academic or industrial sectors.

Applicants should have honours BSc degree (preferably a Master degree) in Physics, Engineering, Materials, or a related subject.

The supervisory team will consist of Director of Studies, Dr Xianfeng Chen and Dr Yasser El-Sherbiny.

School strategic research priority

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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