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(iCASE Award) Development of Adaptive and Scalable Electro-Optical Surfaces

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, September 01, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The primary aim of this project is to develop large-scale adaptive optical surfaces that can dynamically change their IR and visual appearance. The project will build on preliminary work at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) that has demonstrated use of multilayer graphene as an electrically-tuneable optical medium, operating in the IR and visual range. The optical response of graphene is controlled by electro-intercalation of ions into multilayer graphene. The principles of operation and device constituents are inherently scalable and affordable. The proposed project will develop a set of materials and integration capabilities to enable exploitation of the adaptive optical surfaces in an industrially relevant environment.
The project will bring together the leading background knowledge of the University and NGI together with BAE Systems’ drivers to address a series of key materials and manufacturing challenges.

Funding Notes

This project is an Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) with BAE Systems as the industrial partner. Students receive funding for a full EPSRC studentship (£15,285) for 4 years. BAE provide additional top up to the project of a minimum of a third of the EPSRC funding. The student must spend at least three months at the company, and the company pays any travel and subsistence costs.

Applicants should have a minimum 2.1. degree in a relevant STEM subject.

How good is research at The University of Manchester in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?
Metallurgy and Materials

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.00

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