Advances in flexible electronics has led to innovative products such as foldable phones, roll away TVs and wearable electronics. This however is just the beginning. Future flexible devices will revolutionize our daily lives, from health monitoring contact lenses, to solar cells sewn into our clothes. However, progress is limited by the energy platforms that are needed to supply power to these devices, which are composed of bulky, rigid batteries that require charging. But new materials can change this.
The successful candidate will work with our experienced and highly multidisciplinary group to develop new materials, from bulk to 2D, using various deposition and characterization techniques, such as atomic layer deposition, chemical vapour deposition, Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The candidate will transform these materials into a flexible energy platform, consisting of a flexible battery and a flexible energy harvesting device such as, but not limited to, photovoltaics, using the sun’s energy, or thermoelectric generators, using waste body heat. Electrical characterizations will be utilized to identify highly efficient systems. Throughout the PhD, the candidate will have access to state-of-the-art cleanrooms, material characterization and electronic laboratories and will work alongside collaborators, academic and industrial, in order to explore how to upscale their energy platform using commercial flexible manufacturing systems known as roll-to-rol
The successful candidate will have scope to mould the PhD direction with guidance of an experienced supervisory team, and will gain a wide variety of technical and professional skills whilst having the opportunity to collaborate, travel to conferences and publish high impact work.