Physics and Astronomy PhD (Nanoscale Physics specialism)

Our Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory – the first centre for nanoscience in the UK – is a world-leading player in nanoscience research, and has many links to experimental and theoretical groups in Europe and beyond, as well as to high tech companies.

Our Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory – the first centre for nanoscience in the UK – is a world-leading player in nanoscience research, and has many links to experimental and theoretical groups in Europe and beyond, as well as to high tech companies.

The £2.5 million Nanoscale Science Facility and £3 million Centre for Advanced Materials house a suite of powerful tools to probe the physics and applications of nanoscale structures created in the lab. The Laboratory is also a key partner in the University's new bio-imaging centre.

Physics on the nanometre-scale is dominated by quantum mechanics. The Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory is a world-leading player in three areas of nanoscience research:

  • Nanoclusters and nanoprobes
  • Molecular manipulation and assembly
  • Nanophotonics and nanofabrication

The field is now at a very exciting stage, where we can test fundamental physics ideas in finely controlled systems, while at the same time making the link to the life sciences, in particular molecular biology, and developing a new generation of devices based on nanoscale architectures. Typically we take on four PhD students per year.