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Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders)
PhD Project Template:
PI name & contact details:
Edmond Magner
[email protected]
Chemical & Environmental Sciences
Has project been agreed with head (or
nominee) of proposed registration school?
Research Centre / group affiliation:
Materials and Surface Science Institute
Research group / centre website:
PI website / link to CV:
Brief summary of PI research / research group / centre activity (2 or 3 lines max):
Immobilisation of enzymes for biocatalysis, in particular for pharmaceutical materials
Development of high surface area electrode supports for biofuel cells
Development of electrochemical biosensors
Electrochemical properties of redox enzymes in nonaqueous solvents
Title & brief description of PhD project (suitable for publication on web):
Targeted immobilization of enzymes
The project entails the preparation of high surface area supports for enzymes using metal (gold)
and carbon supports. Spatial pattering of the supports will be performed via electrochemical
methods to enable the immobilisation of enzymes at a resolution of microns. Deposition of enzymes
in a sequential manner will be used to prepare multi-enzyme cascades to enable the development
of bioreactors.
Unique selling points of PhD project in UL:
The PI and collaborators in MSSI combine expertise in biochemistry, materials science and
chemistry that enables the application of a strong multi-disciplinary approach to the development
of bioreactors. In addition, the PI has extensive collaborations with Ruhr University Bochum
(Germany), Lund University (Sweden), Malmo (Sweden), Fudan (Shanghai) and Cagliari (Italy) with
students regularly undertaking research stays with these partners. Research activities are housed in
a modern (5,500 m2) facility equipped with a wide range of preparation (synthesis, sputtering) and
characterisation (SEM, TEM, XPS, TOF-SIMS, Raman and electrochemical facilities). The student can
enrol in the multi-institutional national structured PhD programme in nanoscience and
Name & contact details for project queries, if different from PI named above:
Please indicate the graduates of which disciplines that should apply:
Chemistry, materials science, biochemistry
Please indicate whether students can apply for:
Sandwich programme only
Full PhD programme only
Either of the above
Ciência sem Fronteiras / Science Without Borders Priority Area:
Please indicate the specific programme priority area under which the proposed PhD project fits- choose only
one (tick box):
Engineering and other technological areas
Pure and Natural Sciences (e.g. mathematics, physics, chemistry)
Health and Biomedical Sciences
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Oil, Gas and Coal
Renewable Energy
Nanotechnology and New Materials
Technology of prevention and remediation of natural disasters
Biodiversity and Bioprospection
Marine Sciences
Creative Industry
New technologies in constructive engineering