Materials for optical oxygen sensing

About this project

Oxygen concentration in biological tissue is an important health indicator. Low concentration of oxygen in the tissue may be a symptom of serious diseases, such as cancer or inflammation. The overall scientific goal of this project is to develop biocompatible and robust materials for use in oxygen sensing for biological tissue and integrate them onto an optical probe.

The research of the PhD student will include chemical synthesis work, i.e. development of compounds potential for optical oxygen sensing. Integration of these compounds into appropriate polymer matrices and their processing into nano-/ micro-structured materials, characterisation of optical and sensing properties of this materials and integration of the most promising materials with an optical probe. The PhD student will be further expected to collaborate with biomedical researchers to undertake tests with biological tissue.

The studentship will be an excellent opportunity to undertake a novel project to develop materials for biomedical applications. The student will develop expertise in several laboratory based techniques including chemical synthesis, electrospinning and characterisation of photophysical properties. The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and will benefit from working in highly multidisciplinary environment.


You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences research pages.

If you have any queries, please email Dr Olga Efremova.

Next steps


To celebrate the University's research successes, the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Materials Sciences, or related discipline, together with relevant research experience. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.

How to apply

Applications for scholarship consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Postgraduate Application system.

On the second page of your application, please select “Graduate Scholarship” as the type of scholarship you are applying for. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first identify and contact a potential supervisor.

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Application deadline: Saturday 30 June


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.