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Sustainable Manufacturing of 2D and 3D RFID Tags (DHUF2019)


Project Description

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is widely used in ID cards and as a method to identify and track products within factories, warehouses and shops. The technology requires a “tag” to be attached to, or embedded into, each item to be tracked. The tag usually consists of a metal antenna and a silicon chip, and can be manufactured in high volume at a relatively low cost using reel-to-reel printing or metal stamping techniques, that are essential to meet the required production numbers. However, the cost is still sufficiently high to restrict application to higher value products and services. Furthermore, the attachment of tags may limit the recyclability of some products, due to the mixing of materials, thereby further limiting their exploitation.

This project will therefore investigate environmentally friendly materials and processes for the high volume production of RFID antennas with 2D and 3D form factors, along with chip connection methods that will lead to tags that are low cost, but also easily degradable or separable in waste streams. This will enhance their recyclability and increase the sustainable applications of this technology.

Start date: 1 July, 1 October, 1 January, 1 April.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Materials Science, Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Electronics Manufacturing, Metallurgy, Polymer Processing

How to apply:

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/research-applications/

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £22,350).

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