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About Molecular and Nanoscale Physics at University of Leeds

Molecular and Nanoscale Physics

Year: 2018/19


We offer a range of PhD opportunities in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The research interests of the group are broad, covering: life-science/physics interface; surface-fluid and surface-surface interactions; biomembranes; nanostructured materials; self-assembly of molecular and nanoparticle systems; nanoscale electronics; topographic imaging techniques and Raman spectroscopy.

The work is highly interdisciplinary and we have strong national and international collaborations outside the University. Within the University, members of the group play key roles in the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology and the Centre for Self-Organising Molecular Systems. We have received significant funds under SRIF1 (approximately £2M) and a similar amount in SRIF 2 for Bionanotechnology (Development of the AFM virtual interface) and Nanotechnology (Omicron Nanoprober and ancillary equipment).

In addition, members of the group have played key roles in the establishment of University Interdisciplinary Institutes for Bionanotechnology, Advanced Bio-molecular Physics and the Nanofactory.

The group has excellent experimental research facilities for the study of thin films and low dimensional systems including involvement in the establishment of new clean room facilities within electronic engineering.

The School of Physics and Astronomy conducts world class research in a variety of areas, including quantum information (theory and experiment); magnetism & spintronics, and superconductivity; soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and polymers and complex fluids; biophysics, bionanotechnology, nanophysics, membranes; and astrophysics. There are numerous opportunities for experimental, theoretical, computational, and observational PhD projects.

We collaborate across campus (Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, etc), the UK, and worldwide. The School obtains regular funding from organisations such as the EPSRC, STFC, and the EU; and participate in a number of specific UK and EU networks (magnetism, polymer dynamics, quantum information, etc).

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Postgraduate Admissions Office
School of Physics & Astronomy
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS2 9JT


Telephone: 0113 34 37400

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