HDR international awards at Deakin University in Australia

  • Phd
  • $28,600 p.a. + relocation allowance
  • 1 February 2021

Research topic
There is significant potential for nanotechnology-based on surface modification and functionalisation using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), such as molecular electronics and biosensors. SAMs add chemical functionality and thermodynamic stability to surfaces of relatively simple inorganic nanostructures and make it possible to connect them to more complex systems, e.g. biological nanostructures such as proteins. Another key example is alkanethiol-protected palladium (Pd) nanoparticles, which have been used as hydrogen sensors because of the ability of Pd to absorb large amounts of hydrogen. Innovative development of such technology relies on controlling the interfacial chemistry between the metal substrate and SAM and requires a detailed understanding of the structure-property relationships at the molecular and atomic scales where most characterisation techniques are limited by the combination of chemical detection and spatial resolution.
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  • be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.
Additional desirable criteria include:
  • BEng(Hons), BSc(Hons) or MSc (preferred) in materials engineering, materials science, chemistry, or physics
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scientific research through either refereed journal publications or excellent project marks
  • English language requirement - IELTS minimum 6.5, with no band below 6
  • Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and to meet deadlines
  • The candidate would preferably have basic sills in electrochemistry and prior experience in spectroscopy and microscopy (atom probe tomography and/or electron microscopy is desired)


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This scholarship is available over 3 years.
  • Stipend of $28,600 per annum tax exempt (2021 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500 - $1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas

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