The aim of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology is to build a world-class cohort of young scientists who can become the next generation of high-tech entrepreneurs and technology leaders in the field of graphene technology.
The Centre’s vision is to take graphene, related layered materials and hybrids to a point where they can revolutionise flexible, wearable and transparent (opto)electronics, with a manifold return in innovation and exploitation. The four-year course offered by the Centre comprises an initial MRes year, followed by a three-year PhD programme.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- produce engineering leaders with a high level of understanding and skills in Graphene Technology, in particular the fundamentals of the field together with the necessary research, technology, systems, applications knowledge and hands-on skills;
- encourage an appreciation of relevant technology opportunities of graphene and relevant materials and the business, road-mapping and cost analysis tools used to determine the adoption of new technological solutions;
- develop strong business awareness in graduates on graphene and related nanomaterial commercialization opportunities to foster an understanding of the connections between technology, management and entrepreneurship;
- expose the students to a range of technology areas, and provide an experience of a variety of different research and development cultures of various leading research groups across the university;
- encourage students to work across discipline boundaries, with a resultant enhancement of interdisciplinary understanding;
- equip the graduates of the programme with communication and outreach training, personal development as well as research specific training to enable them to be future technology leaders with excellent public engagement skills.
Graduates from the MRes programme will have developed knowledge, skills and experience in the following broad areas:
- the fundamentals of graphene and other 2-, as well 1- and 0- dimensional nanomaterial systems in the broad areas with special emphasis on materials technology, energy, electronics, communications and sensing;
- concepts, research skills and strategies regarding nanomaterial-based device fabrication, system design and characterization, enabling graduates to critically evaluate and solve technical problems in these areas;
- practical development of good research practice, individually and as part of a team, and effective reporting on research outcomes through research skills sessions and mini-project placements led by the university research groups and partner industries;
- aspects of business, innovation, technology development and entrepreneurship in the areas of technology management, transfer and exploitation.
By the end of the PhD, successful students will have produced original work making a significant contribution to
knowledge in the area of graphene technology.
All students who pass the MRes year will proceed to study for the PhD if they have demonstrated adequate research potential (such potential is normally demonstrated simply by passing the MRes year). Note that, as for all Cambridge PhDs, the first year of the PhD (the year after the MRes) is still probationary and students will be required to pass a first-year assessment.