Funding provider: Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subject area: Electronics
Project start date: 1 July 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-June)
- Primary supervisor: Professor Lijie Li
- Secondary supervisor: Professor Stuart Irvine
Aligned programme of study: PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Mode of study: Full-time
With rapid research and development on the new generation semiconductor materials and devices, discovering new and emerging properties of these materials and devices using both theoretical and experimental approaches is important and timely. For example, piezotronics is a relatively new research topic that uses piezoelectric potential induced by mechanical strains to control/tune the carrier transport of electronic devices. A wide range of tuneable electronic devices have been derived based on this effect, for example piezopotential gated field effect transistors, diodes, strain sensors, and electromechanical memories. For solid state piezoelectric materials, the non-central symmetry of the material is the fundamental cause. The PhD project investigates a variety of piezoelectric semiconductor materials and their applications in electronic devices both theoretically and experimentally. One of the promising materials to be investigated is the Ga2O3 and its alloys. This proposed research is truly multidisciplinary, which demonstrates multi-way coupling such as coupling among piezoelectricity, photoexcitation, and semiconductor. The student will firstly conduct thorough literature review on this topic, followed by in-depth research using state-of-art simulation software and incoming MOCVD facility.
Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline.
English Language requirements: If applicable - IELTS 6.5 Overall (5.5 each comp.) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK and EU candidates (who are eligible to receive the EU Transitional Bursary).