Fully Funded EngD Scholarship at Swansea University: Molecular Vapor Deposition (MVD)

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • January 7, 2020
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Engineering: Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Development of Molecular Vapor Deposition Methods for High Integrated Battery / Device Systems

Supervisor: Professor O Guy and Professor S Margadonna

Sponsoring company: SPTS Technologies Ltd

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

This project will develop new technologies related to plasma deposition coatings and new conformal thin film processes for functional industrial applications.

The EngD project will specifically develop integrated battery solutions with devices. Lithium-ion and Na-ion battery technology, using electrode coatings deposited via Molecular Vapor Deposition (MVD), will be used as the power source for devices including wearables, MEMRistors, Sensors, and Power Devices.

Molecular vapor deposition (MVD) is a coating technique which can deposit very thin (few nm) and conformal films on a variety of substrates including those relevant in electrochemical applications such as metallic foils, composite particulate electrodes, and oxide-based surfaces. MVD coatings can also be used in advanced packaging and passivation of devices.

The aim of the proposed project is to exploit the capability and flexibility of MVD to grow functional thin films that conform to complex substrates for application in next generation rechargeable batteries, sensors, MEMRistors and other MEMS and Power devices ‚Äď to demonstrate an integrated power source/device application. Coatings of dielectrics, metals, organics and hybrid organic-inorganic polymers will all be designed and incorporated into the integrated systems.

The challenges are to interconnect and isolated the power sources with the devices to provide an ergonomic, lightweight and cost-effective system. Integrated systems could be used in everything from health diagnostics to smartphones.

The outcomes of the proposed research are multiple and include (i) building a fundamental understanding of the effect of tailored surface coatings on a variety of substrates, (ii) characterising the physical and electrical properties of MVD functional coatings and their deposition methodology (iii) to widen the applications of MVD techniques in coatings for batteries, medical devices, sensors, MEMRistors and power devices (iii) to develop an integrated demonstrator system.

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Swansea, is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea in Wales.

Eligibility

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in a study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding

To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:

  • Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‚Äėordinarily resident‚Äô in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.

Benefits

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax-free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.

Application

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