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Textile Fibres for Wearable Energy Harvesting (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MCE/KHALIQ)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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Dr J Khaliq , Dr B Xu Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Smart electronics or more commonly called as internet of things is a developing field in health monitoring, aerospace and in the electronics field. There is an increasing trend in developing inexpensive and easy to processes to manufacture smart materials.
Smart (wearable) products increasingly become popular in research and industrial applications. However, the fundamental challenges of integrating smart materials into the natural fibre-textile structures to achieve the required performances such as, function, sensing, communicating, energy harvesting and energy storage. Smart wearable e-textiles have wide applications with huge market growth and impact in our current lifestyle and wellbeing.

Therefore, the proposed research aims to develop state of the art environment friendly materials, which will be used for sensing applications. The success of the research will depend upon selection of a processing parameters and insight into materials selection criteria. After successful synthesis and characterization of the materials, the system design and integration of the smart fibres and textile materials to achieve required functional performances will be explored.

Applicants with degrees in Materials Science/Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Textile Engineering or a related subject with a materials component will be preferred. Knowledge of fundamental electrical engineering is highly desirable.

This project is supervised by Dr. Jibran Khaliq.

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/EE/MCE/KHALIQ) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2020 or 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project.


1. C.Zhu E. Chalmers L. Chen Y. Wang B. B. Xu Y. Li X.Liu, Small, 2019, 15 (35), 1902440
2. J. Khaliq, T. Hoeks and P. Groen, Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, 2019, 3 (3), 77
3. M. N. Khan, N. Jelani, C. Li and J. Khaliq, Ceramics International

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