Investigation on novel phosphate-based glasses

Antibacterial phosphate-based glass/fibres for biomedical applications

Start date

1 October 2022


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source


Funding information

  • Full UK tuition fees covered
  • Stipend at £16,062 p.a. (for 2022/23)


The aim of this project is to design antibacterial phosphate-based glass/fibres and characterise their physical, antibacterial and cytocompatibility properties.

Phosphate-based glasses are excellent candidates for multifunctional biomaterials, being able to combine simultaneously anti-bacterial activity with cell stimulation and vascularisation. The project involves investigation of the structure of the phosphate-based glass, doped with antibacterial ions and or growth factors, evaluation of degradation rate and testing of the biomedical potential through antimicrobial activity tests and cell studies.

The candidate will be responsible for synthesis, structural characterization, evaluation of durability and biomedical potential of the glasses. The successful applicant will have undertaken doctoral level research in biomaterial science, chemistry, materials science or equivalent and will have expertise in synthesis and characterisation of phosphate-based glasses.

Eligibility criteria

This studentship is for students with UK or EU settled status only. Candidates must have a first class or 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline, including Biomaterial Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Material Science and a strong interest in bio/nanomaterials.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English: a copy of a valid IELTS certificate (minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing, or equivalent) or equivalent English language qualification.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Chemistry PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

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Contact details

Daniela Carta
31 AZ 03
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689587



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