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PhD Scholarship in 2D Materials for Future Wireless Communications


School of Engineering

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Dr S Kellici , Prof S Dudley No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. We have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength.

PhD Description
This will be a fully funded studentship for an applicant who is keen to conduct research into the theory and manufacture of 2D nanomaterials for small, short-range communication systems.

Development of the Internet of Things (IoT) as well societal demands have promoted the interest for thin and wearable electronic devices. Importantly, the radio frequency (RF) antennas play a key role in facilitating the communication between devices. Typically, antennas are fabricated using metals such as copper, silver, etc. Despite notable advantages, the existing materials exhibit common challenges including cost, bulkiness and skin depths, factors that limit the manufacturing of thin, transparent, light and flexible antennas. Therefore, in view of these issues there is a strong need for high-performance antenna materials.

This project takes an integrated approach. It involves design, engineer, and validate high-performance 2D nanomaterials for wireless communications. The 2D derivatives will be delivered via an environmentally benign, rapid and controllable Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis (CHFS) route (a synthetic process that is at the forefront of nanomaterials manufacturing approaches). The as-synthesized and characterized materials will be printed and fabricated into antennas and their performance will be tested.

The student will use unique Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis apparatus and a broad range of materials characterisation techniques including X-Ray Powder Diffraction, Raman Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, BET surface area technique, electron microscopy as well as dedicated software (CST), anechoic chamber, antenna measurement tools, all available al LSBU.

Further the PhD scholarships will benefit from the following:
• Training in advanced engineering topics
• Enterprise and innovation skills training
• Transferable skills development opportunities to increase employability
• 3-year studentships of ~£15,000 per annum living stipend (usually tax free)
• Payment of all tuition fees*
• A school supported consumables and travel budget to support additional specialist research training courses, access to specialist equipment and travel to international conferences, seminars and workshops
• Excellent career prospects on completion of the PhD

Supervisory Team
The successful applicant will be working with Dr Suela Kellici in Nano2D Lab (www.nano2d.co.uk) specialising in 2D materials engineering using innovative techniques) and Prof Sandra Dudley with expertise in antenna design and wireless communications.
Dr Kellici: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=Bbn9IREAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate
Prof. Dudley: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=fdCAgr8AAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

How to apply
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Suela Kellici, Email: [Email Address Removed]. To apply, send a copy of your CV with a covering letter to Dr Kellici. References will be obtained following interview of shortlisted candidates.

Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and should have (or be expected to gain) either a 1st class Honours degree or an upper second class (or the international equivalent) or an MSc/MRes with distinction in a related field such as Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Physics. Enthusiastic and self-motivated candidates with backgrounds in either Chemistry/Materials Science/Physics are encouraged to apply. A good knowledge of electronic material properties and/or radio frequency engineering along with experience in programming and computational modelling would be advantageous.

These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s and overseas applicants*. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.

* for eligible students only

Funding Notes

• 3-year studentships of ~£15,000 per annum living stipend (usually tax free)
• Payment of all tuition fees*

These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.
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