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Advanced Manufacturing of Antennas for Wireless Data Transmission

Project Description

The efficient transmission of data for 5G application and the internet-of-things, is pushing the development of electromechanical device fabrication, especially with regards to the design and testing of unique antenna systems within the RF/microwave frequencies, and applications further extended upto THz ranges. The formation of conductive substrates is of importance for the development of these devices, as well as their implementation into a range of new and unique applications, such as wearable electronics.
Important questions remain surrounding the material development of these devices, such as feature resolution, conductivity and morphology, and so, the PhD candidate will focus on the development of conductive feature patterning onto a range of substrate materials (glass, polymers, metals), by the use of additive and subtractive techniques which employ chemical (electrochemical), optical (high power laser) and mechanical processes (inkjet / 3-D printing).

Design and testing will comprise a large part of the doctorate and so simulation techniques shall be employed, which include but are not limited to CST Microwave Studio, MATLAB, AnsysTM and COMSOLTM.

Essential knowledge: Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering
Desirable Knowledge: Finite element analysis, Antenna design, electronics, electrochemistry, additive manufacturing techniques (3-D / inkjet printing).

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 1st class (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical or Mechanical engineering.

Interested applicant should send an email to Dr Jones with a CV and cover letter.

Funding Notes

This is a 36 month fully funded PhD position covering tuition fees and an annual stipend set at UKRI rates (2020/21 Stipend: £15,285). The candidate must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education, further guidance can be found on the EPSRC website). Applicants from EU countries other than the UK who do not comply with the residency criteria are only eligible for a fees-only PhD studentship award.

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