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
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.