Scholarship details

Study levels

Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications close
17 December 2021

What you'll receive

This project has two MPhil Scholarships available - one in the field of chemistry, and one in the field of physics and devices.

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance $28,597 each year for 18 months, indexed annually.

International applicants will also receive:

  • a tuition fee sponsorship.

The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.

A three-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval.

The successful applicant will be based in the School of Chemistry and Physics at QUT and will be part of the organic and printed electronics group, supervised by Prof Prashant Sonar.

The successful applicant would be expected to spend a minimum of 18 months in Brisbane, Australia.

Eligibility

You must:

  • apply and be offered a place in QUT's Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • commence your studies by the end of March 2022
  • have experience in transistor fabrication and characterisation experience.

Physics and Device based Project Applicant Requirements

We are currently looking for a highly motivated applicants with a strong interest in organic transistor device fabrication and characterization background for a MPhil focused on the thin film transistors using in house newly synthesized stretchable semiconducting polymers. The successful candidate will work with the cutting-edge technologies involving device engineering, advanced transistor device physics and charge transport study in a vibrant multi-disciplinary research team in Australia.

Applicants must have:

  • a master degree in physics or organic electronics
  • a bachelor degree or equivalent
  • transistor fabrication and characterization experience
  • a background in organic transistors device geometries and mechanical properties will be acknowledged
  • an excellent level of English.

Chemistry based Project Applicant Requirements

We are currently looking for a highly motivated applicants with a strong interest in conjugated polymer chemistry and organic electronics background for a MPhil focused on the synthesis and characterization of an exciting class of stretchable semiconducting polymers for wearable electronics and robotics. The successful candidate will work with the cutting-edge technologies involving smart molecular designing, multistep organic synthesis and advanced macromolecular preparation and characterisation techniques in a vibrant multi-disciplinary research team in Australia.

Applications must have:

  • a master degree in chemistry
  • A bachelor degree or equivalent
  • organic and polymer synthesis experience
  • a background in organic electronic materials and characterisation
  • an excellent level of English.

How to apply

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship. Please refer to our how to apply for a research degree website for more information.

The EOI must include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • two detailed letters of reference (including one from the supervisor of your bachelor/master thesis)
  • a letter of justification as to why you are suitable for the scholarship, including your motivation for applying.

The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship in the financial details section, and must have Professor Prashant Sonar nominated as your potential supervisor.

Contact the supervisor, Professor Prashant Sonar, if you have questions or to notify her of your intent to apply.

What happens next?

If your expression of interest is accepted, you'll be invited to submit a full application, including a research proposal, to finalise your application.

Conditions

The Scholarship will be governed by the QUTPRA Scholarship Rules.

About the scholarship

The project aims to address the challenges of fabricating stretchable organic transistors for applications in wearable electronics and robotics through the development of new semiconducting polymers with stretchability and integrating them into novel, stretchable organic transistor configurations. The project will take a molecular engineering approach to the complex needs of this challenge by combining appropriate chemical functionality which provides high charge carrier mobility with judiciously placed flexible spacers and side chains to provide mechanical dexterity. These novel polymers will be integrated into transistor structures and their fabricated arrays deposited on stretchable substrates will be used for a real world applications.

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