Innovation in nanomaterials has played a key role in the evolution of efficient energy conversion and storage. Incorporating nanomaterials into electronic devices has been considered a promising approach for developing next-generation devices with high efficiency and high sensitivity. The way to deposit /assemble these nanomaterials into the device is critical for functionality and properties. This project will focus on how to control the structures of nanomaterial on various surfaces and how to modulate optical properties with different structures. The obtained new nanostructures will be applied for sensing and energy-related applications.

During this PhD programme, the candidate will gain intensive knowledge in nanomaterials, nanotechnology and surface fabrication through hands-on experiments as well as collaborations with international experts.  

Value and duration

Up to $31000 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full time).

Number of scholarships available



Candidates with backgrounds in materials/chemistry/engineering are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have first-class honours or 2A honours or equivalent or a Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline of engineering/science;
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements;
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team;
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr Lei Bao (

  • a cover letter (research statement)
  • a copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of 2 referees.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

Prospective candidates will be invited to submit a full application for admission to the PhD Chemical Engineering Programme (DR217).

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Open date

Applications are now open

Close date

Applications will close once the candidate is appointed.

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT's University Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.