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Flexible substrate rectenna devices for energy recovery (Ref : RENU20/EE/MPEE/DODD)


Project Description

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU)is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities, for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training. The start date is 1st October 2020.

This project is based on the design, research and development of devices required to successfully recover waste heat and convert it into electrical power through the use of embroidery technology as an alternative to standard microsystems processing.

The recovery and conversion of heat energy takes place using optical micro-antennas, in the same way a radio antenna picks up a radio station. This has been proven on rigid substrates but they are not very useful for most applications where there is a significant heat source, such as a vehicle exhaust or a boiler system. Furthermore, standard processes are often prohibitively expensive, whereas embroidery techniques are simple, quick and cost-effective.

By creating a flexible wrap, which could be retrofitted to existing industrial heat sources, significant energy savings could be made. A vehicle exhaust, for example, up to approximately 9 kW of power is lost through heat at the surface of the exhaust pipe. By recovering that lost heat, cars could be made more efficient, reducing the amount of fuel used substantially.

This project is supervised by Dr Linzi Dodd. For informal queries, please contact .

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 1st Class (Hons) or 2:1; or a Masters (preference for Merit or above) in an appropriate subject area.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

The application closing date is January 31st and interviews will take place in February.

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RENU20/.....) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

The studentship covers full Home fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rates (for 2019/20, this was £15,009 pa). Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Please note that the scholarship award is set at the Home/EU level of fees. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. Note that up to 5 offers of a PhD place will be made for the ReNU CDT projects advertised by Northumbria University.

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