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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Nanotechnology for hybrid optoelectronic systems and devices

Research Group: Chemistry
Number of Students: 1
Length of Study in Years: 4 Years
Full-time Project: yes


Funding is provided via the China Scholarship Council.  

  • Available to Chinese applicants only.
  • Applicant required to start in September 2024.
  • The studentship arrangement will cover overseas tuition fees for the duration of the studentship.


Project Description

In this project, we plan to assemble and fabricate nanoscale system and devices for molecular-, bio- and opto-electronics , biosensing and  renewable energy applications. This will be achieved controlling the assembly of 2D semiconducting materials (e.g. MoS2 and graphene) interfacing individual molecules and nanostructures with molecular linkers and biological moieties.

Training & Development: The project will involve the use of i) (bio)chemical approaches, ii) nanofabrication strategies, and iii) microscopy techniques for nanoscale characterization. Covalent and supramolecular chemistry strategies will be developed for the assembly (in solution) of novel hybrid nanoscale materials . The nanostructures will be then characterized via Scanning Probe Microcopy (AFM-based) , other Microscopies  (e.g. fluorescence) and spectroscopy techniques . Nanofabrication techniques will be employed for the fabrication of nanoscale devices, that will be electrically characterized. The controlled fabrication of these platforms will allow the realization of high-throughput and versatile platforms for a variety of applications in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Queen Mary University of London and China Scholarship Council (CSC) have created a scholarship program to enable talented Chinese students to undertake a PhD at Queen Mary. The scholarships build on Queen Mary's existing relationship with China and links with Chinese research institutions and Universities. Queen Mary has the highest number of CSC scholars of all UK universities. Queen Mary is also one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities, and ranked 9th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. See also

A PhD studentship is available in the  School of Physical and Chemical Sciences in the groups of Prof. Matteo Palma  and Prof. Jan Mol : the supervisory team combines the expertise in the controlled assembly of functional nanostructures (Prof. Palma: ) and nanoelectronic device implementation (Prof. Mol: ).



Applications are invited before the end of January 2024 from outstanding candidates of Chinese nationality holding or expecting to gain a Masters degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Engineering with an interest in experimental materials research.  An enquiring and rigorous approach to research, as well as good team-working and communication skills (both presentation and written English) is essential. Contact Prof. Palma ( by email, along with a full CV and the contact details of at least two referees.

Application Method:

To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Chemistry programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:

Deadline for application - 31st of January 2024

Supervisor Contact Details:


  • You will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking) at the time of application to the CSC.

SPCS Academics: Professor Matteo Palma