Postgraduate Research in Monolayer Two-Dimensional Materials

Summary

An opportunity is available for an international PhD scholar to undertake research studies in the exfoliation and structure of monolayer two-dimensional materials. The aim of the research is to understand the mechanism of exfoliation and stability of dispersion of 2D materials in ionic liquid media. 
A complimentary scholarship for this project may be available through a competitive process. To find out more, refer to the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Excellence Award and contact Prof Gregory Warr directly.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Gregory Warr

Research Location

School of Chemistry

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

In this project you will examine the nanoscale structure of 2D materials such as graphene and phosphorene as dispersions in ionic liquids, utilising advanced X-ray and neutron scattering techniques in our laboratory and at major international facilities. These techniques will be used to examine the molecular structure of the ionic liquids in bulk and at the surface of the dispersed 2D materials, revealing the factors that promote spontaneous exfoliation and stabilise the 2D structure. This new understanding will be used to improve the production rate and yield of exfoliated material, and thus to design conditions for their scalable and commercial production.

Additional Information

This project is part of a collaborative project with researchers at Monash University, the University of WA, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and is funded by the Australian Research Council. A complimentary scholarship for this project may be available through a competitive process. To find out more, refer to the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Excellence Award and contact Prof Gregory Warr directly.  
HDR Inherent Requirements: In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Examples of inherent requirements may include: 

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree; Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision; Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting); Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights; Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)
You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Keywords

Two-dimensional, chemistry, nanomaterials, graphene, Ionic liquids, neutron scattering, scholarship, International

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2635

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