PhD Scholarship in Advanced 2D Piezoelectric Materials and Micro-Nano-Devices

The PhD candidate will undertake research on 2D material preparation, piezoelectric property and Micro-Nano-Device as part of ARC DP project, working in a multidisciplinary team in physics, chemistry, nanotechnology.

Value and duration

$30,000 per annum for three (3) years with a possible six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a self-funded international student
  • have a first class honours or H2A honours or equivalent in materials science and engineering, or microelectronic engineering, solid state physics or chemistry
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team

Prospective candidates are required to meet the program entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) at RMIT University.

How to apply

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering program (DR220) as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Once you have submitted your application, you should contact Professor Yongxiang Li, and provide:

  • CV
  • Expression of interest (no more than one page)

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

The preferred commencement date for the scholarship is June 2018. 

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University’s Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 250KB).

Further information

The emergence of piezoelectricity in two-dimensional (2D) nanocrystals are now more than just a theoretical curiosity, as very recently mechanical to electric field transformation has been experimentally demonstrated. This project aims to establish a new paradigm for 2D piezoelectric and ferroelectric theory; to discover 2D nanocrystals with the highest piezoelectricity, and multi-functionalize the materials via doping and tailoring of the structures.

The project will design, model, and fabricate NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS) based on new ferroelectric/piezoelectric 2D materials in the Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) which supports research and training in micro and nano-scale materials, devices and integrated systems, by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure and expert technical and development staff. The MNRF provides capability and capacity for research, fabrication, characterisation, integration and packaging of chips, sensors, functionalised materials and devices.

The PhD scholarship is available for students interested in undertaking cutting-edge research into new 2D materials preparations, piezoelectric properties and Micro-Nano-Devices as part of ARC DP project, working in a multidisciplinary team in physics, chemistry, nanotechnology.


For further enquiries, please contact: Professor Yongxiang Li