GRA Vacancy : PhD Project Opening at University of Southampton Malaysia

Project Title : Printed electronics for wearable sensing in health-monitoring applications

Start Date : 30 Sept 2019

End Date : 30 Sept 2022

Funding Agency : University of Southampton

Nationality Requirements on Candidate(s)  : Applicants must be Malaysian citizens

Contact Email(s)  : suanhui.pu@soton.ac.uk

Contact Person : Dr Pu Suan Hui

Description :

The technology trend towards smart wearables is apparent from the exponential growth of the wearables market in recent years for consumer, sports, and military applications. By offering unique functionalities for in-situ, real-time and non-invasive monitoring, wearable sensors for health and sports performance have been proposed. For example, electronic skin that replicates the complex sensory response of real skin by having sensors on flexible substrates has been the focus of many research groups. Pressure and strain sensors show interesting potential in many wearable applications, from breathing detection, human motion detection to soft robotics and human-machine interactions. On the other hand, conductivity and moisture sensors can be used to monitor sweat and breath chemistry as an indicator for health condition. In this project, we will explore the use of printed graphene, together with other functional materials in wearable sensors, to sense parameters such as pressure, strain, conductivity and moisture. Functional material deposition, materials characterization, sensor device fabrication and electrical characterisation will be areas of focus in the project. In addition, solution-based processes that enable large-area, low-temperature printing will be the preferred process technologies in order to realise cost-effective flexible electronics. We encourage interested students with a background in Engineering, Applied Physics/Chemistry or Materials Science to apply. To secure complete funding, you will need to have a strong upper second class honours or a first class honours degree (or equivalent).

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