Fully Funded M2A ENGD Scholarship: Glass Substrates for Energy Applications at Swansea University

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK tuition and annual stipend
  • 3 April 2022

Engineering: Fully Funded M2A ENGD Scholarship: Glass Substrates for Energy Applications at Swansea University

Start date: October 2022

Expected interview date: May 2022

Academic supervisor:  Professor Trystan Watson and Dr Eifion Jewell

Industrial supervisor: Dr Su Varma

Sponsoring company: NSG


NSG is one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world. With a strong presence in Europe and manufacturing sites in the UK, NSG produces a wide range of glass products. NSG produces glass for markets such as automotive, display and optical products and in considerable volume for the built environment. NSG seeks to add value to their current building integrated glazing range by extending their current functionality from such things as low emissivity and self-cleaning, to that of energy generation. The opportunities in the field of energy are significant and include solution deposited transparent photovoltaics (OPV), opaque photovoltaic spandrel panels (Perovskite) and substrates for photocatalytic hydrogen and solar fuel generation.

Project Aims:

The glass substrate can play a range of roles in these technologies both by providing a rigid transparent support as well as through deposition of multi-layers within the product architecture. The task of this project is to understand the glass substrate and explore technology innovations that can be employed using the solution processing techniques available at the SPECIFIC innovation and knowledge centre, Swansea University.

This EngD represents an exciting opportunity to work within the scale-up group at SPECIFIC, led by Professor Trystan Watson collaborating with the NSG research team at Lathom, UK.

The SPECIFIC IKC sits beyond fundamental science to identify the technologies emerging from laboratories and assess their suitability to scale up in the area of building integrated functional coatings that generate, store or release energy. The scale-up group has responsibility for identifying new device architecture and chemistries that fit with the necessary criteria of large scale manufacture, which includes earth abundance, manufacturing feasibility and impact on the environment.

This project will be largely based at Swansea University, but there will be occasions where short periods of time will be spent at the sponsoring company.

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Candidates must normally hold a minimum undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.

We would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.

Candidates must have the legal right to live/work in the UK at the start of their studies (student visas do not apply).

Full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.


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