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EPSRC iCASE PhD Studentship on Additive Manufacturing of Novel Metal Microwave Components for Space Applications

  • Full or part time
    Prof Jiasheng Hong
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

An EPSRC iCase Studentship with Renishaw Plc.

RF/microwave components are essential for telecommunications and radar systems. With on-going development of 5G mobile networks and new generations of satellite platforms, which are the backbone of many emerging applications such as Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Internet-of-Space (IoS), metal 3D printing or additive manufacturing has recently been seen as an enabling technology for future RF/microwave components to meet stringent requirements for system applications.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is revolutionising how RF/microwave components are designed and manufactured. This all presents a great opportunity and potentially large market of using and commercializing metal 3D printing technology in this field. This industrially collaborative PhD will provide students with the opportunity to interact with researchers and developers from both academic and industry sectors. It is expected that the candidate will work on industry inspired problems and challenges. The project will involve electromagnetic simulation and design of metal 3D RF/microwave components, prototype hardware manufacturing and experimental demonstration.
Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines.

The successful candidate will join an established research team and benefit from support from internationally leading academic supervisors and expert industry practitioners. Successful candidates will emerge with highly sought-after multidisciplinary skills and an international reputation for excellence in RF/microwave and additive manufacturing research.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Prof. Jiasheng Hong, a Fellow of IEEE, for further information,

Expected start date: 1st October 2019 or upon mutual agreement.

Funding Notes

EPSRC iCase Studentship with Renishaw Plc. This is available for Home and EU applicants who have lived, worked or studied within the UK for three years prior to the start date. The studentship is for 4 years and covers University tuition fees (Home/EU) and provides an annual tax-free stipend of minimum £17,000 (increasing each year).


[1] IET Microwaves, Antennas&Propagation, “Microwave components using AM techniques”, vol.11(14), 2017.
[2] Sorrentino R. and Peverini O.A., “Additive manufacturing: A key enabling technology for next generation microwave and millimeter-wave systems,” Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 104, pp. 1362–1366, 2016.
[3] Booth P. and Lluch E.V., “Enhancing the Performance of Waveguide Filters Using Additive Manufacturing”, Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 105, pp. 613-619, 2017.
[4] Zhang B. and Zirath H.,“Metallic 3D printed rectangular waveguides for millimeter-wave applications,” IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol. 6, pp. 796–804, 2016.

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