Nanomechanical Systems (NEMS) based on novel materials

Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) are systems where a tiny mechanical element is fabricated to add certain functionality to a device or a system. These systems are functional not only because they occupy less space, but more so because they can perform functions that larger devices cannot or carry out certain tasks with greater precision and efficiency. Our group is seeking DPhil students to carry on this work. The focus will be on using non-traditional materials, especially 2D materials and other functional materials, in NEMS devices. We will also seek to study fundamental aspects of materials science, which will help us create even better devices in future. These are fundamental experiments with challenging nanofabrication requirements as well as significant measurement challenges, and would suit exceptionally well prepared students with a strong work ethic and a resilience to failure.

An incoming DPhil student will have significant advantages: our experimental capability in this area is now set-up, and we have some of the most advanced instrumentation in the field. Our group has several individuals who can informally work with the student, so the student will not feel lost in their first few months.

Your Profile:
Your profile will be one of a highly motivated undergraduate (evidenced by previous stints in Research laboratories), first class honors degree (or equivalent) earning undergraduate in Physics, Materials, Engineering or a closely related field with a deep desire to carry out independent experimental research. You must like working on hands-on laboratory experiments and have the desire to try out many novel ideas. Evidence (via references) of initiative and ability to work collaboratively would be a plus, as this is an experimental project.

Graphene NEMS resonator with 1 zeptogram force sensitivity

Graphene NEMS resonator with 1 zeptogram force sensitivity


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