Optimisation of nanostructured features for enhanced antibacterial response

Study level


Vacation research experience scheme

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, small changes in nanoscale features immensely affects the bacterial killing rate. There is a need to optimise certain parameters in the fabrication step such that an enhanced bacterial killing rate is achieved.

Research activities

The specific aims of this project are to:

  • Fabrication of nanostructured surfaces
  • Optimisation of several parameters
  • Investigation of bacterial attachment to find out the killing efficiency


It is expected that a range of parameters in the fabrications step would be identified as ‘critical’ for bacterial killing.

Skills and experience

You will need:

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



Contact the supervisor for more information.