EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training
in Molecular-Scale Engineering
- a Centre for Nanotechnology
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The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Molecular-Scale Engineering brought together internationally-leading researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield to train high calibre science and engineering graduates in the control of molecular organization and function at the nanometre scale.

Centre Director: Giles Davies, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds.

The organization of molecules at nanometre length scales is critical both to new technologies (for example, the emerging field of personalized medicine, where nanostructured assemblies of molecules form the basis of new types of ultra-portable, ultra-sensitive diagnostic systems) and also to emerging fields of science (in areas as diverse as photosynthesis, molecular electronics and optics). Advances in all of these areas are underpinned by the development of basic, enabling technologies for the control, manipulation and interrogation of complex molecular environments at molecular resolution. These basic technologies facilitate new applications, by providing the means for their realization, and also create new science, by providing new tools with which to investigate the world.

Our Centre was dedicated to training doctoral scientists in new technologies for molecular scale engineering. It provided a carefully structured programme of taught, cross-disciplinary training, with hands-on access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, and the opportunity to pursue doctoral training with world-class academics working at the forefront of molecular scale engineering. A bespoke programme of cohort-building activities together with transferable skills and personal development was also designed to complement the scientific and engineering training.