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Novel sputtered thin film coatings for solar thermal collector

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Dr Gianfranco Claudio, Prof PC Eames  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

  • The chance to take part in a project that will develop novel materials which will address the requirements for zero carbon buildings.
  • The chance to work with world-leading experts in the field of energy storage.
  • To enhance your modelling and laboratory skills development with a career progression in industry or academia.

At the heart of a solar thermal collector is the presence of an absorber surface which should be spectrally selective for all components of the solar radiation. Most solar selective coatings can be obtained with different techniques which such as: deep coating, painting or by sputtering. They can be divided into non vacuum and vacuum deposition technologies. Sputtering which is a vacuum physical deposition technology offers the unique advantage of thickness of the coating at a nanometer scale and the scalability for industrial application. In this project you will sputter different thin film (binary or ternary) coatings with a DC sputtering tool over a large area sample. The STC will be fully optically (spectroscopic ellipsometry) and structurally characterised to measure the reflectivity and the atomic properties of the multilyaers. You will develop a Computationa Fluido Dynamic (CFD) model to characterise, the temperatureprofile and the behiour of the fluid through the the STC. The project will involved the realisation of a in house flat plate solar collector at the Centre for Renewable Energy System (CREST).

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SAM22'
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified end of March 2022.
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