About the Role
PhD Vacancy
All electronic devices and circuitry generate excess heat and thus require thermal management to improve reliability and prevent premature failure. In micro- and nano-electronics, heat is often a limiting factor for smaller and more efficient components. Graphene with its highest of any known materials thermal conductivity has the uppermost potential in thermal management. Electronics, which includes graphene-enabled thermal management, will greatly benefit from its ability to dissipate heat and optimize electronic function. However, it is extremely challenging to measure thermal properties in 2D.
Objective: to develop a method for quantitative measurements/imaging of thermal conductivity in 2D materials applicable to a range of material types.
The PhD project to be conducted in collaboration between National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Manchester Univ/National Graphene Institute (NGI). Their combined expertise demonstrates internationally leading research in the area of 2D materials and functional quantitative imaging. The studentship is further supported by the UK SMEs working in the area of graphene nanoelectronics, allowing a successful candidate timely exposure to a variety of working environment in academy, research and industry. The work is an essential part of the NPL and Manchester Univ activity in study of 2D materials and devices, which aims at development of fundamental knowledge, novel measurement techniques and application of novel 2D materials to a vast scope of industrial applications.
In this project we are looking at:
  • Obtaining quantitative information about thermal properties of graphene and other 2D materials;
  • Develop and implement advanced microscopy techniques for thermal imaging on nanoscale;
  • Design nanodevices with active thermal heaters.
Skills to develop:
  • Basic and advanced (SThM, nanoIR, TA and thermal SGM) SPM techniques;
  • Nanofabrication techniques (transfer and assembly, device design, lithography, etc.);
  • Thermal and electrical transport and noise measurements in nanodevices (LabView modelling, transport measurement setup, spectrum analyser, etc.);
  • Advance transport measurements (incl. 4-probe STM);
  • Physical modelling (MATLAB, COMSOL).
The research project is split-site, with the time spent in equal proportion between NPL and the University of Manchester, following Graphene NOWNANO CDT (http://www.graphene-nownano.manchester.ac.uk/) programme, with the degree awarded by the University of Manchester.
As an iCASE student within the CDT cohort you will benefit from:
  • Developing highly sought-after interdisciplinary skills and experience.
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • An enhanced stipend of £18,000 per annum.
  • A world class research environment with a proven track record of successful CDT graduates.
Contacts: Dr. Olga Kazakova (olga.kazakova@npl.co.uk) Prof. Irina Grigorieva (Irina.V.Grigorieva@manchester.ac.uk)
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