Graphene Electronic Memory Devices Based Neuronal Networks at De Montfort University

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The continuous development of the semiconductor industry to meet the increasing demand of modern electronic devices which enhance computing capabilities is attributed to the exploration of simple, high-speed operation and multistate information storage capacity two terminal memory called memristor.  Despite all these advantages, one of the main challenges industry faces that is holding back their use in commercial applications is operational variability.

In the light of recent advances in functional graphene-based materials, this project puts forward the use of graphene and its derivative as a novel and exciting alternative to previously trialled materials. The PhD candidate will focus on the fabrication and characterization of memory devices based on GBMs, along with an exploration of the potential of GBMs solid-state cells to mimic the functionality of biological neuronal networks. Additionally, the student will have the opportunity to interact with our network partners working on the Royal Society International Exchanges Project.

DMU is offering a fully-funded 3-year PhD scholarship for this work, commencing on 1st January 2024. Tuition fees at Home level will be waived (international students will need to pay the difference between Home and International fees which is around £10k per year). The studentship comes with a stipend pegged at the UKRI rate, currently at £18,622 per annum. The supervisory team consists of Dr Iulia Salaoru (iu***********@dm*.uk) and Dr Krishna Nama Manjunatha (Kr********************@dm*.uk).

Applicants must:

  • Possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second class (or overseas equivalent), a Masters Degree or an academic or professional qualification plus experience in Materials, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related discipline. Demonstrate competence in the use of the English language. Please see section 5b here for further details on meeting our English language entry criteria.

How to apply

This is a two-stage application process.

STAGE 1: Please send the following documents to PG*************@dm*.uk:

Deadline: Thursday, 5 October 2023

STAGE 2: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to undergo an interview, and successful candidates will be contacted by Thursday, 19 October 2023 with a request to submit a full application through the DMU PGR Application Portal.

Deadline for full application: Thursday, 26 October 2023

Scholarship letters will be issued by Wednesday, 1 November 2023.

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