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PhD Studentship - Autonomously powered solution processed electronics for the IoT

Centre for Electronics Frontiers

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Reference:  1374721PN

Supervisory Team:    Dr Julianna Panidi, Prof Themis Prodromakis

Project description

The Centre for Electronics Frontiers at the University of Southampton is a dynamic interdisciplinary Centre that delivers novel solutions for advanced sensory systems, energy technologies and unconventional computing architectures. Our team encompasses diverse expertise ranging from materials process development to electronic devices, circuits and systems. This knowledge combined with our state-of-art facilities and strong collaborations with industry enables us to offer unique solutions to real-world problems.

 Our ambition is to push the frontiers of electronics through emerging nanotechnologies, disrupting current ways of thinking by innovating advanced nano/bio-sensors, safe and efficient energy storage solutions and novel Hardware for AI. To realise this vision, we are seeking exceptional candidates to join our team, interested in devoting their passion for addressing some of the challenges we have identified.

This PhD studentship aims at exploring novel self-powered energy harvesters by coupling photovoltaics with low-power consuming electronics for IoT applications. Solution processed, low-cost and flexible indoor photovoltaics will be fabricated with printing techniques from organic semiconductors. Electrical and morphology characterisation (AFM, Photoconductive AFM, Kelvin Probe, SEM, UV-Vis) of the thin films and devices will be conducted throughout the project. Self-powered lab demonstrators will be developed under collaboration with industry. The outcomes of the project will lead to journal publications, patents, and conference presentations.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Julianna Panidi Centre for Electronics Frontiers, Email: j.panidi@soton.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) or an MEng/MSc (or equivalent, or near completion) with first class honours or distinction in Physics, Engineering, Materials Science or a closely related subject, such as Electronics and Chemistry.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,609 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  Nanoelectronics (Full time).

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

 

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