Multi-Length Scale On-Chip Assembly for Nanophotonics (Theory)

About this project

Applications are invited for two University funded PhD studentships, one in theory, one in experiment, to develop radically new self-assembly approaches for creating nanoscale light sources on a silicon chip. This technological breakthrough will pave the way for photonic integrated circuits, allowing us to build ultra-fast and low power consumption computers based on light (rather than electron) transport. Specifically, working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the PhD students will be responsible for modelling, fabricating and characterising the behaviour of hybrid metal-dielectric nanostructures on a silicon chip on multiple length scales.

Multi-Length Scale On-Chip Assembly for Nanophotonicsummary (Theory)

This studentship will provide the predictive modelling that will underpin the experimental effort in the project. The metal-dielectric nanostructures which are the focus of this project will be formed through the self-assembly of colloidal particles at liquid and solid interfaces. Finite element modelling (e.g., COMSOL) will be used to model the electrostatic and capillary forces acting between particles in these complex environments and computer simulations will then allow us to relate particle interaction to self-assembled structure. Finally, powerful finite difference time domain (FDTD) methods will be used to calculate the optical response of different structures to identify the most promising candidates for plasmonic nano-antenna and near zero effective index photonic structures for on-chip light sources.


You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the Faculty of Science and Engineering research pages.

For further information regarding this project please contact Dr Martin Buzza.

Next steps


To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry or related discipline, together with relevant research experience. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.

The studentship will be based in the School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences, University of Hull, working with Ali Adawi, Jean-Sebastien Bouillard, Martin Buzza, Tommy Horozov, Graeme Stasiuk. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Martin Buzza

How to apply

Applications for scholarship consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Postgraduate Application system.

On the second page of your application, please select “Graduate Scholarship” as the type of scholarship you are applying for. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first identify and contact a potential supervisor.

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Application deadline: Monday 19 February


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.