Available student project - Functional Nanopore Membranes

Research fields

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Graphene composite nanopore

Project details

Using high-energy ion irradiation and chemical etching provides an industrially compatible technology for the fabrication of extremely small nano-pores in a variety of materials. Combining this technology with 2D materials such as Graphene or ultra thin film deposition enables the fabrication of nanopore membranes with desired functionalities that can be used in medical and biological sensors, ultrafiltration and lab-on-the-chip applications.

The project encompasses the investigation of the membrane fabrication process, characterisation using synchrotron based scattering techniques as well as exploitation of their use in advanced applications. Examples include fabrication processes for large scale graphene/polymer composite nanopore membranes for desalination applications and silicon based solid state membranes for protein sequencing.  

Required background

Interest in nanotechnology, materials science, synchrotron techniques and interdisciplinary physics

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters

Contact supervisor

Kluth, Patrick profile

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