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NOWNano DTC: The North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre

What is NOWNano?

NOWNANO builds on the world-leading expertise in all nanoscience within Manchester and Lancaster universities to offer a broad interdisciplinary doctoral training centre. PhD students will receive initial training that will show them the breadth and potential of nanoscience, before they focus on mastering one specific area of the subject. Throughout the research training the cohort will meet and discuss their research, building a group of outstanding scientists that will help to lead world research in nanoscience in the future.


PhD in NanoScience

Following the recent award of a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) we invite applications for up to 13 PhD places.

Graphene NOWNANO involves top-rated research groups from the Schools of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Materials, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy and Medicine at Manchester, and the Department of Physics in Lancaster University.

As with NOWNANO, students will receive state of the art research training in key techniques before embarking on a 3.5 years research project in one of the large spectrum of projects broadly related to the emerging and exciting area of 2 D materials.


Key Points of the programme:

  • Research in which you develop interdisciplinary skills
  • Choice of experimental, theoretical and computational projects
  • Topics include -
    • Physics and technology of graphene and related carbon-based materials
    • Synthesis, fabrication, characterisation and modelling of nanomaterials
    • experimental and theoretical physics & astronomy of nanodevices
    • tissue engineering in medicine
    • applications of nanotechnology in solar cells, data storage, imaging, photonics, drug delivery
  • 6-month training course in core research techniques, including 2 mini-projects in a choice of labs
  • Based in state-of-the-art nanoscience laboratories