Optimisation of nanostructured features for antimicrobial activity

Study level

Master of Philosophy

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Jafar Hasan
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Prasad Yarlagadda
Professor in Smart Systems
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Inspired from the insect wing nanostructures, we have fabricated several surfaces that have efficiently killed bacterial cells.

However, some smart changes in nanoscale features immensely affect the bacterial killing rate.

There is a need to optimise certain parameters in the fabrication step to enhance the bacterial killing rate.

Research activities

The specific aims of this project are to facilitate the:

  • fabrication of nanostructured surfaces
  • optimisation of several processing parameters
  • investigation of bacterial attachment to find out the killing efficiency.


By the end of the project, we expect to find a range of parameters in the fabrication step that will be identified as ‘critical’ for killing bacteria.

Skills and experience

You will need:

  • a strong background in:
    • physics
    • chemistry
    • manufacturing
    • nanotechnology
    • materials engineering
  • some knowledge about biological studies and various characterisation methods



Contact the supervisor for more information.