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Energy harvesting techniques for powering wireless sensors and antennas

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Paul Walker
    Dr L Zhao
    Prof D Eager
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

UTS:Protospace is a new state-of-the-art research facility that brings world leading 3D printing technologies to UTS. This project is centered around the Optomec Aerosol Jet 5x, capable of conformal printing of electronic circuits and components (i.e. antennas, capacitors, resistors, etc.). This project aims to develop new methods for energy harvesting and energy harvest designs that can be rapidly produced using 3D printing techniques. The key concepts are to design energy harvesting devices that can be predominantly produced through 3D printing techniques and be integrated with energy conversion and storage for low powered devices. Outcomes will lead to innovative technologies for powering the next generation of wireless and Internet-of-Things ready devices.

The successful candidate will be working as part of an industry driven project on the development novel energy harvesting devices that can be 3D printed to power wireless sensors. This project is sponsored by Optomec as part of the UTS: Protospace, a state-of-the-art facility in additive manufacturing. During the course of the candidature, the successful applicant will travel to the Optomec headquarters in Minneapolis for extensive training on state-of-the-art 3D printers. Upon completion of training, the applicant will provide technical input/support to academics and industry that wish to make use of Optomec facilities housed at UTS: Protospace.

How to apply:
Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to [Email Address Removed] . Please note, applications without academic transcripts will not be considered. Please remember to quote the project title as the subject.

Funding Notes

Value: $28,000 p.a. AUD (tax exempt) + $6000 travel allowance – fee waivers may also be considered for suitable international applicants.
Duration: 3 yrs.

Applicants should possess an appropriate qualification for entry into the PhD training scheme, preferably in one of the following fields: materials science (minimum honours level) or engineering, electrical engineering, physics or mechanical engineering. Master’s degrees with a significant research component in the same or similar fields are also desirable.



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