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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

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.

Interested applicants can find out more about our PhD programme and apply via the following link: Physics and Astronomy - Study - Cardiff University

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • All of your University level certificates and transcripts to date
  • Two references (at least one of these must be academic)
  • Your academic CV
  • Your personal statement

Funding Notes

Please note that bench fees may be charged in addition to tuition fees for this project. This will be confirmed as part of any formal offer for this project.


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