Nanoscale 3D transfer printing for hybrid photonic device fabrication

This project will develop chip scale optoelectronic systems through the 3-dimensional printing of nanoscale building block components such as nanolasers and thin film electronics.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


1 December 2017


30 March 2018


3.5 Years



BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent degree in physics/chemistry…..



UK and EU nationals only

Project Details

At the Institute of Photonics we have developed a method by which optoelectronic devices can be physically printed onto different substrates, for example transferring colour converting thin-films onto LEDs to enable high speed, full colour displays at the micron scale.  This project will develop the next generation of 3D optoelectronic devices, created by a direct, multilayer transfer printing.  The student will pioneer device engineering through printing at the nanoscale, targeting demonstrators such intra-chip transceivers for future micro-processors, high sensitivity sensors and quantum optical systems.

The student will gain expertise in a wide range of micro-fabrication technologies, seeing their work transfer from design through to characterisation in the laboratory.  In addition to micro-fabrication the student will also be involved in the design and simulation of devices, measurement and characterisation and numerical processing of results.  Research findings will be published in high impact journals with the opportunity to present at an international conference. 

Institute of Photonics:

The Institute of Photonics (IoP), established in 1996, is a commercially-oriented research unit at the University of Strathclyde, the Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2012/13 and UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14.  The Institute’s key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications and development in the area of photonics.  The offices and laboratories of the IoP are based in Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus.  We are part of the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) initiative and co-located with the new Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics.  Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields under the areas of Photonic Devices, Advanced Lasers and Neurophotonics, please see:

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How to apply

To enter our PhD programme applicants require an upper-second or first class BSc Honours degree, or a Masters qualification of equal or higher standard, in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.  Full funding, covering fees and stipend, is available for UK and EU nationals only.

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