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The Faculty of Science & Engineering is the largest faculty in UL, comprised of the following ten departments:

  • Architecture
  • Chemical & Environmental Sciences
  • Civil Engineering & Materials Science
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Design & Manufacturing Technology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Biomedical Engineering
  • Physics & Energy

The faculty’s departments currently deliver taught and research postgraduate programmes to over 780 registered postgraduates, of which over 330 are pursuing doctorate programmes. The primary focus is on increasing the quality and quantity of postgraduate students and research outputs, including PhDs and publications.

The main research objective of the faculty is to provide a research-driven environment that will undertake both fundamental and applied research. Promoting the publication of results, attracting national and international researchers, and developing further collaborative links with industry are also key priorities.

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I am a third year PhD student working in the field of nanomaterials- synthesis and applications under the supervision of Dr. Kevin M. Ryan in MSSI. I completed my Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from Gorakhpur University, India. I was awarded INSPIRE structured PhD fellowship to pursue my PhD degree at UL. My research project involves synthesis of binary, ternary and quaternary nanocrystals (metal chacogenides and chalcopyrites) via colloidal route and their directed self assembly into organised arrays for solar cell applications.

In MSSI, I received training on sophisticated instruments such as Transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS), XRD etc. As a postgraduate student, I have had the opportunity to publish my work in peer-reviewed journals and to present my work at national and international conferences. These conferences have not only helped me to develop my presentation skills but also gave me the chance to meet and discuss my project with the leading experts in the field. These experiences, being a part of nanotechnology group in UL is very pleasing and makes all my efforts towards research valuable.

Shalini Singh