Project title: Graphene Antennas and Multifunctional Sensors
Director of Studies: Dr Toby Whitley
Second Supervisor: Dr Shakil Awan
Third Supervisor: Professor Paul Davey
The PhD studentship will focus on developing a novel set of antennas for wireless communication and multifunctional sensors covering RF, micro- and mm-wavelengths. The project will be conducted within the Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory and the RF-Communications Lab. The Wolfson and the RF Comms Labs includes leading experts in graphene growth and characterisation, applications in antennas and sensors and high speed electronics. The successful applicant will have a unique opportunity to gain experience in a range of nanofabrication and characterisation tools and instruments, such as sputtering machines, Raman, atomic force (AFM), scanning electron (SEM) and optical microscopies, precision electrical on-wafer measurement systems and vector network analysers. Several software packages are also available for antenna and sensor design and simulation, such as HFSS, ANSYS, Matlab, Origin for data analysis and Autodesk for mask design. These coupled with access to experts and facilities at partner organisations, University of Cambridge and Exeter University, will enable the PhD student to gain cutting-edge experience in the field of graphene antennas, high speed communications and multifunctional sensors.