Wearable electronics are at the core of academic and industrial research and development in the strategic areas of healthcare and wellbeing, Energy generation and harvesting. Wearable electronics currently relies on rigid and flexible electronic technologies, which offer limited skin-compatibility in many circumstances, suffer washing and are uncomfortable to wear because they are not breathable. Turning natural fibres and textiles into electronic components will address these issues, by unlocking ultimately wearable electronics potential through electronic textiles.
The 2DWEB group has demonstrated that graphene and other two-dimensional materials enable superior wearable electronic textile devices, such as transistors and memories (T. Carey et al., Nature Comms. 8, 1202, 2017). The aim of this PhD project is to develop a new class of wearable electronic devices based on inks and composites of graphene and other layered materials, their supramolecular structures and hybrid platforms, combining the versatile properties of layered materials with fibres and textiles. The electrical and optical properties of such devices will be characterised aiming at wearable electronic applications, such as biosensors and bio-medical devices devices.
This is a highly innovative PhD project, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, across chemistry, nanoscience, physics and electronics of two-dimensional materials aiming at the realization of novel wearable devices for several applications such as the Internet of Things, Body Area Networks, Healthcare and Wellbeing devices and Smart fabrics. The project also provides an exciting opportunity to work across the research fields of printed electronics and two-dimensional materials (Dr Torrisi), chemistry of nanomaterials (Dr Siva Bohm, University of Cambridge) and future wearable technologies (Google ATAP).
The student will be fully incorporated into the Molecular Science Research Hub offering a unique opportunity to interact with teams of researchers working on Synthesis, Nanomaterials, Energy, Imaging & Sensing, Plastic Electronics.
Applicants need to have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or a high 2:1 degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology or Material Science. Applicants from the UK and EU are eligible for a full award, full University fees and a maintenance allowance.
Interested students should email a CV and 2 reference letters to Dr F. Torrisi ([email protected]
). Applications should be made through the College application form, which can be found at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/apply-for-a-research-programme-/
no later than 31st May 2019.