Nanomaterials based energy storage for self-powered IoT devices

Energy generation and storage are key for future electronic devices that can entirely self-power from ambient light, vibrations, radio-waves and temperature differences.

This project will aim to develop flexible, ultra-thin supercapacitors for IoT devices, utilising ink-jet printable functional nanomaterials.

There are two start dates: July 2019 or October 2019

Duration
3 years from the start date
Application deadline
Funding information

The project is funded by the EPSRC.

For UK students, this is fully funded. EU students will receive funding for fees only.

Funding source
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
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Energy generation and storage are key for future electronic devices that can entirely self-power from ambient light, vibrations, radio-waves and temperature differences. To support billions of new sensors and devices forecast to be part of the Internet-of-Things (IoT), efficient and low-cost energy storage solutions are required. 

Recent progress in functional nanomaterials coupled with advanced printing fabrication techniques have opened up possibilities for the development of cost-efficient, solution-processed printed electronic device. The advancements in conducting, semiconducting and dielectric nanoparticle inks can be used to create multi-functional electronic circuit and devices that are flexible, light-weight and with very low carbon footprint. This technology is particularly well-suited for the IoT devices with sensor and transmission capabilities, aiming for very low-power consumption and utilising energy-harvesting packaging. 

The challenge remains to develop efficient energy storage with high power and energy densities, that is fully integrated with projected energy scavengers based on rectannaes and photovoltaics.

In this project, we will aim to develop flexible, ultra-thin supercapacitors for IoT devices, utilising ink-jet printable functional nanomaterials. Devices will benefit from nano-structured electrodes, based on very high area templated surfaces and solution processable metal-oxides. Micro-porosity of the films will be enhanced by the growth of hierarchical nanostructures with optimised surface area to increase electrode-electrolyte interactions. The project will involve screening and characterisation of nanomaterials, device fabrication and testing and energy storage optimisation, and full integration with energy harvesters on plastic foils.

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Advanced Technology Institute Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Eligibility criteria

  • Good masters or 1st  class undergraduate degree and strong background in either of the disciplines: electronic engineering, physics, materials, physical chemistry
  • Outstanding hands-on and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated excellent aptitude for research

How to apply

Candidates are asked to contact Dr Maxim Shkunov in the first instance. Applications should be submitted online through the link available on Advanced Technology Institute PhD web page.

During the application process you will be asked to submit relevant documents including:

  • CV 
  • Covering letter 
  • Transcript of your degree.

In the project proposal section of the application, please enter the project title given above and identify that you wish to work with Dr Shkunov at Advanced Technology Institute, Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Advanced Technology Institute PhD


Application deadline

Contact details

Maxim Shkunov
15 ATI 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686082
E-mail: M.Shkunov@surrey.ac.uk

Research group: 

Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS)

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