Advanced Technology Institute

Postgraduate Research Projects

Available PhD Projects

Lead supervisor

Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) Academics

Funding status

Directly Funded Project (European / UK students only)

We are seeking to immediately find 10 exceptional students to work on high-impact projects with our industrial partners. The studentships will be hosted at the University of Surrey in Guildford and students will have close interactions with the sponsoring industrial partner.

Available PhD Studentships

Nanofabrication with focused ion beams

Using the extensive focused ion beam facilities in the ATI including our new Xe plasma FIB to make and modify bespoke devices across a large range of activities including optics, metrology and quantum technologies.

Femtosecond dynamics of excitons in nanostructures, physics and applications

The decay of laser-excited states in nanotubes, single-atom layers and organic semiconductors will be studied to understand excitons, their many-body physics and applications from solar cells to single photon sources.

Silicon Quantum Technology

You will use the ultimate in nanotechnology to pattern individual impurity atoms in silicon to make designer device structures, and then make measurements of them with single electrons and single photons

Printed Nanoelectronics

Paper, plastic and printed electronics for roll-up displays and IoT devices require bespoke design and implementation for reliable, low-power operation, and cost-effective manufacturing. These parameters will be explored through modelling, simulation and fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and circuits using the ATI facilities and in collaboration with worldwide academic and industrial partners.

High speed devices based on graphene layers

In this project we will develop CVD grown graphene, sandwiched between 2D layered dielectrics, in order to produce large area ultra-high speed devices. Novel concepts such as source gated transistors invented at Surrey will be coupled to our large area CVD grown graphene films to produce active devices suitable for both analog and mixed RF circuits.

Ion beam centre project

In addition a further 5 positions will be offered in conjunction with our industrial partners.  These studentships will enable you to work closely with one of our close industrial partners.

Applicants are expected to have a first-class or 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Physics or an equivalent degree; a solid background in Microwave Engineering is an additional advantage for a number of these studentships. Studentships will be provided in discussion with the sponsoring industrial partner.

Please email your CV and covering letter to: Dr. Peter H. Aaen, (, including transcripts of marks for your undergraduate and/or MSc with your application.

Informal enquiries may also be directed to Dr Peter H. Aaen (



Computer Simulation of keV Cluster Interaction with Molecular Solids Roger Webb


Carbon Based Electronics Ravi Silva
Electronic and Structural Properties of 2D Nanomaterials David Carey
Graphene electronics and band gap engineering David Carey
Large Area Electronics Ravi Silva
Printed and Reconfigurable Microwave Electronic Circuits on Flexible Substrates Maxim Shkunov
Towards rollable displays: printed electronics Maxim Shkunov
Transparent Nanowire Electronics Maxim Shkunov


A radical approach to temperature insensitive photonic materials and devices Stephen Sweeney
Broad Band Light Sources for Optical Coherence Tomography Stephen Sweeney
Carbon Nanotube Photonics Jeremy Allam
Compound semiconductors for next generation electronic and photonic devices Stephen Sweeney
Femtosecond Studies of Photonic Devices Jeremy Allam
High field spectroscopy and uses of maximum entropy for spectral data processing Ben Murdin
Measurement of spin polarised photocurrents in topological insulators Steven Clowes
Metal Enhanced Intramolecular Charge-transfer: Fundamental Investigation of a New Structural and Electronic Motif in Non-linear Optics  
Probing the Effect of Non-planarity on the Absorptivity and Fluorescence of Aggregation Induced Emitters  
Quantum Cascades based on silicon Ben Murdin
Self-Induced Transparency and Solitons in Semiconductor Microcavities Jeremy Allam
Silicon compatible III-V lasers for optical computing and optical interconnects Stephen Sweeney
Single cycle terahertz pulses for spectroscopy of single atoms in semiconductors Ben Murdin
Surface gated InSb structures for spintronic applications Steven Clowes
Towards optical readout of the spin and orbit state of a single atom in a silicon chip Ben Murdin
T-ray spectroscopy of handed molecules Ben Murdin


Collective dynamics and coherence in hybrid cavity-spins ensembles Eran Ginossar
Multi-physics Modelling of High-Power Microwave Transistors Peter Aaen
Optimal coherent control for quantum information processing Eran Ginossar
Physics and applications of hyperuniform disordered photonic materials Marian Florescu
Single-photon sources in photonic band gap materials Marian Florescu
Superconducting quantum circuits with majorana fermions Eran Ginossar
Thermal radiation control with microstructured photonic materials Marian Florescu
Topological-insulator surface states in hybrid superconducting quantum circuits Eran Ginossar