Emerging application of gas plasma technologies PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
1st class or high 2:1
Not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
13 September 2018



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Project detail

Gas plasmas can generate very reactive environments at low temperature, triggering chemical and bio-chemical processes that are hard to initiate by other means. Semiconductor fabrication, large area displays and energy-efficient lighting are examples of technologies that have been enabled by advances in nonthermal plasma physics and engineering. In recent years, the advance of atmospheric-pressure nonthermal plasmas has revolutionized the field of technological plasmas as they eliminate the need for vacuum systems and open the possibility of novel processing of liquids and biological specimens that were not possible in the past.

In this project, you will be joining a multi-disciplinary team of academics, researchers and students at the Plasma and Pulsed Power Group, the Centre for Biological Engineering and the Doctoral Training Centre on Gas Plasma Interactions with Organic Liquids, who work closely together to develop novel nonthermal plasma technologies for emerging and rapidly growing applications such as water purification, green chemistry, continuous nanoparticle synthesis, plasma medicineand plasma agriculture.


Primary supervisor:  Felipe Iza

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Entry requirements

The successful applicant will have a 1st class or high 2:1 honours degree in a relevant Engineering or Science discipline. An appetite and aptitude for interdisciplinary research is essential, as well as good communication and experimental or computational skills. Multi-disciplinary training will be provided, and the student will join chemists, engineers, physicists and mathematicians working in related interdisciplinary research.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. Please quote reference number: FI11092017.