Chemical Physics PhD in Laser Induced Particle Synthesis and Spectroscopy at the University of Sussex, UK

Chemical Physics PhD in Laser Induced Particle Synthesis and Spectroscopy at the University of Sussex, UK

The closing date for applications has been extended to March 16th, 2018.

The project aims to develop a novel Laser Induced Particle Synthesis and Spectroscopy platform to investigate and exploit our recent discoveries of novel photocatalytic processes in NP formation. The research will explore the full range of laser induced effects (power, wavelength, crystal bulk, vs surface, vs edge effects) on NP production and the control of particle size distribution, chemical composition and structural integrity. The project will further develop methods to stabilise NP physicochemical and optical properties through novel chemistries for enhanced performance in sensing devices being developed in conjunction with the Condensed Matter and Materials group in Physics and Genome Damage and Stability Centre at Sussex. Concomitant with these studies will be exploration of novel optical phenomena observed during NP production, including anomalous heating and lensing, vortex and particle trapping effects derived from the strong plasmonic properties of the NPs and assemblies thereof.

Please submit a formal application using our online application system at, including a CV, degree transcripts and certificates, statement of interest (clearly stating supervisor’s name and the project title) and names of two academic referees. On the application system use Programme of Study – PhD Chemistry.

Applicants will have an excellent academic record and should have received or be expected to receive a relevant first or upper-second class honours degree. The EPSRC award is available to UK and to EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the previous 3 years.  EU candidates who do not meet this criteria will be eligible for a fee waiver only. Overseas (non EU) students are not eligible to apply for EPSRC funding, but they are welcome to apply if they have access to other sources of funding

Contact Anna Izykowska for application enquiries (

Contact Dr Mark Osborne ( for enquiries about the project

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