EPSRC DTG PhD Research Studentship Infrared LEDs and photo-detectors for gas sensing

Application deadline:  22nd July 2013

Start date: 30th September 2013

Duration: Three and a half years

Warwick has recently established a capability for epitaxial growth and fabrication of group III-V semiconductor devices. One application of such materials is to make infrared sources and detectors, which can be used to make infrared absorption based gas sensors. Such sensors have the potential for widespread adoption in commercial, domestic and automotive air quality sensing as well as a range of industrial process control, safety and medical diagnostic applications. Commercial focus to date has been carbon dioxide gas sensing.

The project will involve the design, fabrication and assessment of infrared LEDs and photodiode detectors and the assessment of the components in a bench-top sensing system. A primary objective will be to further research the technology producing necessary improvements to enable hydrocarbon gas sensing.

The project will be collaborative with a specialist gas sensor manufacturer, Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd., who will provide additional support to the student.


To be eligible for this award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)

The Scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the rate of £13,726 and tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for three years.


Candidates should have a minimum first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a suitable branch of Engineering, or the equivalent in a suitable Science/Engineering degree.

How to Apply

We ask that you send your full CV and transcripts for consideration along with a covering letter to T.Ashley@warwick.ac.uk . Please enter the scholarship reference TA-EPSRC in the subject line of your email.

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