Graphene antennas for applications in wideband high speed wireless communications and sensors

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on October 1st 2017.

Project title: Graphene antennas for applications in wideband high speed wireless communications and sensors

Director of studies: Dr Toby Whitley

Second supervisor: Dr Shakil Awan 

Third supervisor: Professor Paul Davey

Project description

The discovery of Graphene (a single atom thick graphitic material) in 2004 has led to a global race to apply this 21st century wonder material to a plethora of practical applications ranging from electronics, solar cells and energy storage to composites, quantum computing, particle physics and sensors. This PhD studentship will focus on developing a novel set of graphene antennas for ultra-wideband mobile telecommunications and sensors. The project is fundamentally based on exploiting the unique properties of graphene and two-dimensional related materials. The new technology has the potential to disrupt existing wireless antenna market (3G, 4G, 5G, WIFI, GPS) and lead to a step-change in measurement speed and accuracy. This concept is likely to be not only one of the first applications of graphene but also stimulates the development and integration of other electronic components (such as high-speed transistors, mixers, low noise amplifiers etc.) based on graphene and related 2D materials into wireless systems. The project specifically involves production of graphene, its characterisation using optical, Raman spectroscopy, AFM and electrical characterisation as well as high-frequency properties to 110 GHz. 

The fabricated antennas and sensors will be tested in the Radio-Frequency lab, and their performance compared to existing state-of-the-art technology, leading to publications in high impact factor journals.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification.

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,296 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £11,040 per annum).

General information about applying for a research degree at Plymouth University is available at:

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and click ‘Apply’. 

Please mark it FAO Carole Watson and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics.

For more information on the admissions process contact Carole Watson.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 16 June 2017. Interviews for this studentship will take place on 19 June 2017.

We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 14 July 2017 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.