PhD Position on Graphene Biosensors and Biocatalysis -National Graphene Institute, UK

As part of a major expansion of research in Graphene and related materials at the University of Manchester, we have an exciting PhD opportunity to work at the interface of graphene and life sciences.

There is considerable untapped potential with respect to exploiting the unique properties of Graphene for application in life science and biomedicine. Biosensor research involves using graphene as either a transducer or sensitization layer in the detection of biomarkers and leading to drug discovery. Graphene sensors will involve electronic devices, optical response such as fluorescence, photonic detection, or a combination of the above, to detect biomarkers or cellular signalling. In bio-catalysis, graphene surfaces can be engineered to control protein adhesion and folding, preventing denaturing or even increase selectivity or activity of enzymes. In addition, enzymes involving electron transport would interact with graphene surfaces allowing to controlling their catalytic activity.

The project will be based at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB). A student working on this project will make extensive use of the Class-100 clean-room facilities, as well as undertake electronic, optical and functional characterization of the fabricated devices. This experimental project would suit students of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry, Electronics or Materials Science. Interested students may contact Aravind Vijayaraghavan ( for further information

~ by vascoteixeira on August 27, 2012.

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