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Engineering: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Powering the Internet of Things (IoT) with Perovskite and Organic Photovoltaics

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Swansea United Kingdom Electrical Engineering Electronic Engineering Engineering Systems Engineering

About the Project

Subject areas: Electronic Engineering, Photovoltaics, Solar Energy, Materials Science

Start date: October 2021

Supervisors: Dr Matt Carnie, Dr Chung Tsoi

ATIP is a £6M Program Grant funded by EPSRC and led by Swansea University, in close collaboration with Imperial College London and Oxford University,. The research is closely supported by 12 key industrial partners. The main objective is to deliver the underpinning science and engineering to drive the uptake of next generation organic photovoltaics and perovskite photovoltaics (PV) into integrated applications of clear technological need.

One of those needs is to develop photovoltaic technologies that can efficiently harvest ambient and indoor light to power the next generation of self-powered internet of things (IoT) devices. This will avoid the need to replace or remove batteries to recharge saving energy, scarce materials and ultimately helping to reduce the carbon-footprint of such devices.

We are seeking one PhD candidate to support the project. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a cross-disciplinary environment, drawing on the expertise of researchers, and developing their own expertise in light-harvesting technologies, related to the fields of Electronic Engineering and Materials Science. The PhD candidate will fabricate novel solar cell devices and integrate them into self-powered IoT digital technologies. They will evaluate these devices and technologies in real and simulated environments, contributing toward the publication of journal articles, conference presentations and patents.

Suitable candidates will have BSc, BEng or a master’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE), Materials Science, Computer Science, or related engineering and science subjects. A formal qualification in Electrical & Electronic Engineering is highly desirable but not essential. Applicants without formal EEE qualifications could provide evidence of their electronic device fabrication skills by: 

  • demonstrating participation in DIY energy-harvesting hobby projects
  • highlighting elements of EEE in their undergraduate / master’s dissertations
  • their participation in group activities such as “maker communities”
  • their participation in STEM activities related to Electronic Engineering


Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) in a physical science, engineering discipline or computer science. Electronic device fabrication and an understanding of microelectronics is highly desirable.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a tax-free annual stipend of £15,609 for 3.5 years.


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