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Flexible textile-based self-powered energy harvesting and storage system for smart wearable electronics

Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy

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Dr BH Hou , Prof Oliver Williams Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only
Cardiff United Kingdom Biophysics Electrical Engineering Energy Technologies Nanotechnology Chemistry Engineering Materials Science Physics Solid State Physics

About the Project

Smart wearable electronics that are fabricated on fabrics or textile substrates are of importance for next-generation portable electronic device systems. Ideal wearable and portable applications not only require the device to be integrated into the various platform but also desire a self-powered feature. At present, most of all self-powered wearable electronics are designed to be connected with energy generation and storage devices separately. In this project, a hybrid smart fibre that exhibits a spontaneous energy generation and storage process within a single fibre device that does not need an external electric circuit/connection will be introduced. This is achieved through the employment of asymmetry coaxial structure in an electrolyte system of the supercapacitor that creates potential difference upon the creation of the triboelectric charges or photoelectrochemical cells. This project can provide great opportunities to establish the competence of students not only in fibre/textile-based self-powered wearable electronics but also in photovoltaic, electrochemistry and triboelectric devices.

Start date: April, July or October 2021. 4 years Full Time.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( including:

• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references
• Current academic transcripts

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy, with a start date of April, July or October 2021.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select the ’self -funding’ option.

Candidates should hold a good bachelor’s degree (first or upper second-class honours degree) or a MSc degree in Physics or a related subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Funding Notes

Self-Funded PhD Students Only

This PhD position is opening for self-funded student only, which means the candidate with own funding to cover the living cost and tuition fees will be considered.


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