Oxford Materials: Funded PhD postion available

Characterising single-layer graphene, stacks and aggregates

Presently, graphite/ene is an ill-defined material showing a large variability, i.e., genuine graphene vs. various graphites, presence of defects, shape variations (ribbons vs. platelets), stack thickness, lateral dimensions, flat vs. folded structures, aggregates, presence of polar moieties and functionalisation, adsorbed species, etc. Generally, graphite/ene samples consist of a mixture of a wide range of materials with very distinct characteristics.  This project targets the development and application of detailed characterisation methods, aiming at contributing to the knowledge on a novel class of nano-sized materials.  Applying this knowledge will lead to the preparation of polymeric nanocomposite materials for high-end applications.

As described above the proposed research is intended to build a bridge between nano-scale characteristics and macro-scale desired properties.  This work is supported by a world leading chemical company seeking active involvement in this collaborative research project.  Frequent exchanges between researchers from Oxford Materials and from the company will be organised so as for both parties to get acquainted with the gained expertise.

Subject to contact with a company, we expect this project to be supported by industrial funding.  Again subject to contract with the company, the 3.5-year studentship will provide full fees and maintenance for a citizen of the UK/EU, with the annual stipend expected to be £13,900 in the first year and at least this amount in subsequent years (pro-rata for the final six months).

Students from elsewhere who can contribute the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas fees are also eligible to apply for this studentship; for a studentship commencing as soon as possible in 2011 this fee difference is expected to be approximately £35,000 over 3.5 years.

Any questions concerning the project can be addressed to Dr Nicole Grobert (  General enquiries on how to apply can be made by e-mail to  You must complete the standard Oxford University Application for Graduate Studies and further information and an electronic copy of the application form can be found at

7 December 2010