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PhD Studentship - Graphene-based wireless sensor network for infrastructure monitoring

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:


Start date and duration:

April 2019 or September 2019 for 4 years.


The increasing amount of civil infrastructure and the ageing of existing infrastructure requires their regular inspection and maintenance. However, their relatively large size, complex construction and difficult access to some elements of their construction make such analysis challenging and time-consuming. Structural health monitoring (SHM) has attracted growing interest from researchers to improve the safety of engineering constructions such as buildings, bridges, tunnels or dams.

The overall aim of this multi-disciplinary PhD project is to develop a cost-effective wireless network of graphene nanocomposite sensors to monitor movements and vibrations in large infrastructure that are vulnerable to the risk of changing environmental conditions. This project is a collaboration between Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering and is part of ongoing engagement with the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) and The Urban Observatory.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Toby Hallam, Dr Vasilis Sarhosis and Dr Charalampos Tsimenidis, School of Engineering (

Eligibility Criteria:

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Civil Engineering, or Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, or Physics, or a related subject. The candidate will be expected to conduct work with industrial partners and should have good interpersonal skills.

The studentships are open to applicants satisfying EPSRC home/UK or EU fee status criteria, and are eligible for home fees ( EU candidates may only be available for a partial award.

English language skills (if English is not your native language): an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with individual scores of 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

How to apply:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:
•insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
•select ‘PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Engineering’ as the programme of study
•insert the studentship code ENG011 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG011 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,777 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

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