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PhD Studentship: Super-smart Nanogenerators for Future Wearable Electronics

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th November 2021
Closes: 31st December 2021
Reference: FP-ID-2021
 

Closing date of advert: 31st December 2021

Interview date: To be advised

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Dr Ishara Dharmasena

Secondary supervisor: Prof Jeremy Coupland

Short Introductory Paragraph

This studentship presents a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge smart wearable technologies, to create breakthrough discoveries in future health monitoring, sports and personal electronics. The student will work in a pioneering group on nanogenerators, guided by a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow (primary supervisor) and a team of world-leading experts and industry partners in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Full Project Detail:

Triboelectric Nanogenerators (TENGs) are at the forefront in creating self-powered wearable electronics – that convert human motion into electricity to power smart textiles and health sensing applications (e.g.: movement, vital sign monitoring). Today’s wearable TENGs, designed predominantly using plastic sheets, face drawbacks including stability issues, low-efficiency and low-wearability caused by material and design related issues. This project explores a revolutionary new approach to design and fabricate functionalised fibres and textile yarns to develop highly-efficient and wearable TENGs, and investigate their applications in power generation and human movement monitoring (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/experts/ishara-dharmasena/). The work builds on the pioneering theoretical modelling, device optimisation and material developments activities conducted by our group, and benefits from globally top ranked sports/exercise facilities at Loughborough during the application development phase. The studentship aligns with the RAEng Fellowship project of the primary supervisor, and presents many opportunities for training, skills development and outreach activities. Students are encouraged to contact the primary supervisor to discuss further details about the project.

Find out more:

Examples about the research area:

https://e-textiles-network.com/e-textiles-network-webinar-triboelectricity-a-convenient-method-to-power-the-next-generation-of-e-textiles/

Primary supervisor’s staff profile:

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/staff/ishara-dharmasena/

Some of our activities in the media:

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2021/september/smart-textiles-health-monitoring/

https://www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=5536

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Engineering (Electronic/Electrical/Mechanical/Textile), Physical Science (Chemistry/Materials) or a related subject. A relevant Master’s Degree or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: smart textiles, nanotechnology, electrostatic modelling, material fabrication.

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international applicants, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Ishara Dharmasena

Email address: r.i.dharmasena@lboro.ac.uk 

Telephone number: +44 (0) 1509 227628

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select ‘Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering’.  Please quote reference number: FP-ID-2021.

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