Nanomaterials are attracting great attention from scientists and engineers worldwide because of their extraordinary mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. Carbon nanotube structure can be described as rolled up graphite sheets called graphene. Nanotubes also can be single walled (SWCNTs) or multi-walled (MWCNTs). SWCNTs consist of one layer of graphene (i.e. one cylinder) whereas MWCNTs consist of two or more layers of graphene.
Metal nanoparticles are used in the synthesis of nanotubes (e.g. Fe, Ni, Co) to enhance the growth of CNTs. Usually CNT synthesis is expensive, time consuming, and involves the use of hazardous materials with can produce toxic side products. There is a need for an inexpensive, green production of CNTs. This project suggests the use of palm leaves extract in the synthesis of carbon nanotubes. After purification of the synthesized carbon nanotubes, the physical and chemical characteristics will be investigated and used to identify the suitable application. The CNTs will be also functionalized for different applications.
A motivated experimentalist is sought, with background in nanotechnology.
Research group website: http://radacsigroup.eng.ed.ac.uk
Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in materials science, chemical engineering or physics discipline, possibly supported by an MSc degree. Experience in nanotechnology and their characterization techniques is a plus, but not essential. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.
Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere