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Graphene: a journey of appreciation and exploration via computational simulations


This project aims to study several graphene-based nanostructures including nanoribbon, nanodots and nanoantidots and their optical, electrical and magnetic properties by first principles simulations.


Associate Professor Rongkun Zheng.

Research location

School of Physics

Program type



Graphene, single atomic layer of graphite, exhibits truly spectacular structural, mechanical, electronic, thermal and possibly magnetic properties. Graphene and its derivatives hold promise for a vast range of nanotechnologies, particularly in the emerging field of graphene-based nanoelectronics and nanospintronics. This project aims to study several key graphene-based nanostructures including nanoribbon, nanodots and nanoantidots. Their optical, electrical and magnetic properties will be investigated by the state-of-the-art first principles (no experimental parameters) simulations.

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HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1637

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