Project start : 1st July 2016
Supervisors: Dr Maxim Shkunov and Dr Peter Aaen, Advanced Technology Institute
Sponsor: EPSRC CASE award in conjunction with BAE Systems
Duration of the award: 4 years
Project description -
Printed electronics potentially enables the realisation of low-cost, high-volume, high-throughput, lightweight, and disposable electronic devices on many substrates including conventional printed-circuit boards, glass, and flexible plastic substrates using fast printing techniques. Recent progress in functional nanomaterials, including conducting, insulating and semiconducting materials opens up possibilities for the development of solution-processed printed device circuits. Combining traditional ink-jet printing with these materials creates new and exciting possibilities for circuit designs that are transparent, flexible, span large areas, are fully integrated, and self-powered. This technology is particularly well-suited for radio-frequency (RF) and microwave circuit design for next generation wireless devices as they can potentially be used to realise inexpensive reconfigurable antennas, reflectors, integrated switches and logic in low-power consumption and energy-harvesting packaging. All of which will be necessary to support the billions of new sensors and devices forecast to be part of the Internet-of-Things.
In this project we would aim to further develop and demonstrate printing technology at microwave frequencies 1 – 60 GHz for reconfigurable antennas, reflectors and beam manipulations through large area reconfigurable lenses on various substrates including flexible plastic sheets. The project aim is that these reconfigurable antennas will be able to modify their fundamental operating characteristics, for example: radiation pattern, operational frequencies, and polarisation, by using switches that are printed on the reconfigurable devices itself. These switches are based on printable nanomaterial field-effect transistors and diodes utilising nanowire technologies that are under development in our laboratory.
Applicant Specification -
The successful candidate will need to meet the EPSRC nationality criteria to be eligible for the funding. Applicants should have a good undergraduate or masters degree in one the disciplines: electronic engineering, physics, materials science with a good knowledge of semiconductors. Demonstrated good hands-on experimental skills would be an advantage.
Study information -
Funding information -
Funding applies only to UK and EU applicants.
Full funding for UK applicants will include tuition fees and living expenses (eligibility criteria apply).
Contacts and how to apply -
For further details, please contact: Dr Maxim Shkunov, [email protected]
How to apply:
Candidates are asked to contact Dr Maxim Shkunov in the first instance. Applications should be submitted online through the link available on Electronic Engineering PhD web page. During the application process you will asked to submit relevant documents including a CV, covering letter, transcript of your degree. In the project proposal section of the application please enter the project title given above and identify that you wish to work with Dr Shkunov at Advanced Technology Institute, Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
28th June 2016