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KESS2 Scholarship: Electricity from heat: energy reclamation for automotive applications (Research Masters)

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About the Project

The subject of this MRes is to find ways to directly convert waste heat into electricity that can then be used to extend the range of electric vehicles. This is a fully funded 1 year MRes scholarship during which the student will perform research with Evectek Ltd. who are currently developing a new drive system for low emission vehicles.

Research Masters
During this MRes innovative technology solutions will be developed to enable clean and efficient vehicles. Decarbonising transport is crucial in addressing the looming climate emergency and this studentship provides a chance to help make this happen.

Electric cars, vehicles and other forms of transport generate significant amounts of heat. There would be considerable benefit if this heat could be employed for useful work to increase the car’s range. This MRes is concerned with using thermoelectric devices, making use of the Seebeck effect, to capture heat that would otherwise go to waste. Your research project will look at thermoelectric materials and how they could be integrated into Evectek’s electrohydraulic drive system.

Evectek are a rapidly growing company and this studentship offers a good route for possible future employment with them. During this Research Masters you will have the chance to work closely and learn from the scientists and engineers from Bangor University’s Extreme Materials Research Group and members of the Electrical Engineering Department. You will also have regular contact and receive guidance from the skilled Mechanical and Automotive Engineers working to bring Evectek’s advanced technologies to market.

The Project will be led at Bangor by Dr. Michael Rushton who has broad experience of materials science and engineering from modelling to manufacture. He will be supported by Dr. Iuliia Ipatova (materials), Dr. Simon Middleburgh (materials), Dr. Lee Evitts (physics) and Dr. Jeff Kettle (Electronic Engineering). Your industrial supervisor will be George Ryton, the inventor of Evectek’s innovative Drive System who brings a wealth of engineering experience from motorsport – i.e. Formula 1 (including Ferrari, Minardi and Tyrell) and may other sectors to the Project and will ensure the industrial relevance of your work.

Project start date: January 2021
For enquiries please contact: Dr. Michael Rushton ([Email Address Removed])

To apply
Please send a CV and covering letter to Dr. Michael Rushton ([Email Address Removed])
and cc Penny Dowdney ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE Sector in Wales. I t is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence Programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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