PhD Studentship: Advanced Manufacturing Processes to Enable the Heterogeneous Integration Of Power Electronics

Loughborough University

Preferred Start date: 1st January 2018


Primary supervisor: Prof Changqing Liu

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

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Project Detail:

Heterogeneous integration of power devices refers to the assembly of separately manufactured power semiconductors, passive components and control elements into a single package, i.e. System in Package (SiP) that, in the aggregate, provides increased functionality, enhanced reliability and reduced cost. The integration of the next generation wide-band gap (WBG) power devices has, nevertheless, been bottlenecked by prevailing manufacturing technologies, which are unlikely to offer a cost-effective way of implementing the necessary 3D structures needed to contain the electromagnetic interference (EMI), address the thermal integration issues and offer a more robust and reliable packaging solution. This PhD project will focus on the development of novel structural embedding methodology and 3D multi-material architecture, using various processing methods such as subtractive lithography, additive manufacturing, patterned deposition (e.g. electrolytic and electroless plating) and precision micro-machining, and with emphasis on the thermal and electrical reliability of the integration system. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary team with substantial industrial exposure and academic collaborations in the UK and worldwide, as such they will be able to continue their career in this exiting field delivering future high value added hybrid electronics.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in materials science, 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, materials characterisation, electrochemical processes, and surface coating technologies. Previous research experience in at least one of these research areas is desirable, especially those who has had track record of publications in their respective field.

If English is not your first language, you should meet the required English qualification, which can be found at before you can register to commence your study.   

Funding information:

Please note that up to 4 studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants to this project and/or the following projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: NM180717, LZ190717, CL270717, PK200717, RM280717, TB281707 & SM280717.

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,553 p.a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,195 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 15/11/2017.

Contact details:

Name: Prof Changqing Liu

Email address: C.

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227681

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Please quote the reference CL270717 on all correspondence and especially on the application form. Please ensure that you select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’ under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form.  

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