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E-Textiles Engineering: Energy Storage


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

   Thursday, August 31, 2023  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Supervisory Team:  S P Beeby and R Torah

Project description

Electronic textiles, or e-textiles, refers to the addition of electronics, sensors, actuators, energy harvesters and energy storage within fabric materials. Being the most common material humans come into physical contact with, e-textiles provide a ubiquitous platform for a new class of wearable technology where the electronics are hidden and undetectable within otherwise standard items of clothing. Textiles are also used in industry, agriculture, civil engineering, the marine environment, transport and medicine; hence, the potential applications for the technology are vast.

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (UK fees and International) to work on textile-based energy storage. This project will involve fabricating batteries/supercapacitors within textile substrates and developing materials and methods to protect the devices. The PhD will follow on from recent work which has demonstrated the suitability of textiles to provide a scaffold for both supercapacitors and batteries. This PhD will aim to improve the performance of the devices and explore encapsulation methods that will improve their durability. Expertise in electrochemical engineering and materials and a willingness to collaborate with other researchers in Southampton and at other UK Universities would be beneficial.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated and willing to work co-operatively within an exceptional and vibrant team of postdoctoral researchers and other PhD students. You will join the School of Electronics and Computer Science which is ranked 1st in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2022) within the University of Southampton which is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. We will provide access to specialist equipment and laboratories for manufacture and testing and you will be supervised by leading academics in the field. We will also support the development of your future career and give you opportunities to expand your experience and knowledge beyond the topic of the PhD project.  

The studentship is available on a competitive basis for UK and overseas students for 3.5 years. Funding will cover tuition fees as well as providing maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate. Candidates will have to be registered and in place by July 2023. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Prof Beeby in the first instance to explore suitability.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof. Steve Beeby, SEMS Research Group, Email: , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 6663.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2023 for standard admissions. Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Elect & Elect Eng (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Steve Beeby

Applications should include:

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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