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Autonomous Implantable Sensors/Actuators on Commercial MEMS and CMOS platforms

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Informal enquiries: Dr Ali Mohammadi ()

Supplying electrical power to the sensor nodes from alternative energy sources is a key enabling factor for future applications of wireless sensor networks such as Internet of Things (IoT). Complications associated with using batteries such as short life-time, environmental consequences etc, have hindered several applications. This necessitates further research on developing alternative energy harvesting systems.

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) provide a reliable platform for integrated energy harvesting/sensing approaches. This PhD project will specifically focus on supplying power for bio-implant applications, whereby integrated energy harvesting and sensing devices will be investigated for bio applications such as in-vivo health monitoring implants. In this project we will pursue new techniques in MEMS for the transducer design as well as low power, high efficiency conditioning CMOS circuits. In our research group we investigate innovative approaches to integrate the sensing and energy harvesting circuits in CMOS and transducers in MEMS platform.

Microfabrication technologies are accessible to our research group through a fabless approach, wherein we design circuits and devices using CAD tools (such as Coventorware for MEMS and Cadence for IC) and outsource the microfabrication to the external foundries.
The PhD student will join the team of academics, postdoctoral researchers, technicians and industry advisors with access to cutting edge laboratory equipment, microfabrication technologies and CAD tools available in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility ( as well as external microfabrication foundries. The prospective student will travel to national and international conferences to communicate the research results within the Engineering and Physics communities and to the end-users in Medical Science and Biotechnology.

This project is highly recommended for students with Physics, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering background. The project will be supervised by Dr Ali Mohammadi in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Professor Chris Bowen in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent) in Physics or Engineering. English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

This project is eligible for inclusion in three funding rounds, subject to funding availability. Application deadlines: Wednesday 27 November 2019, Wednesday 29 January 2020 & Wednesday 25 March 2020. Early submission is advised. A full application must have been submitted before inclusion in a funding round.

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020

Funding Notes

UK and EU candidates applying for this project will be considered for a University Research Studentship which will cover UK/EU tuition fees, a training support fee of £1,000 per annum and a tax-free maintenance allowance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,009 in 2019-20) for a period of up to 3.5 years.

How good is research at University of Bath in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.50

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