Wearable technologies such as smart watches, smart glasses or even smart pacemakers have caused a paradigm shift in consumer electronics with huge potential in areas such as healthcare, fashion and entertainment (e.g. augmented reality glasses). Currently these devices are still powered by batteries needing frequent replacement or recharging, a key challenge holding back wearable electronics.Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are an attractive alternative to batteries as they can generate up to several 100 microwatts power from heat (e.g. radiated from the human body), are safe and long-lasting with zero emissions. Current TEGs however are plagued by low efficiencies, high manufacturing costs, and are fabricated onto rigid substrates which makes it difficult to integrate them into many applications that require conformal installation. There is therefore considerable interest in the fabrication of flexible TEGs that can harvest energy from body heat for wearable applications and other heat sources.
This EPSRC funded project seeks to develop a new generation of thermoelectric (TE) hybrid materials for flexible TE energy harvesting applications by combining inorganic materials with controlled 3D nanostructures and organic conducting polymers (OCPs). For this 36-month fixed term position, you will be working as part of an internationally leading and highly interdisciplinary team between the Schools of Chemistry (Dr Iris Nandhakumar) and Electronics and Computer Science (Professor Steve Beeby) at the University of Southampton and Imperial College (Professor Iain McCulloch) to fabricate and characterise novel thermoelectric hybrid materials. As part of this project you will carry out the synthesis of inorganic nanostructured materials (chemical or electrochemical), combine them with OCPs and characterise them using diffraction and spectroscopic techniques and determine their transport and thermoelectric properties.
To be successful you will need to have a PhD in Chemistry, Materials or Physics and have relevant experience in electrochemistry and/or solid-state/material science. You will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Southampton. Southampton is one of the best places in the UK for chemistry teaching and research. Chemistry has a national and international reputation for excellence. We provide unique services such as the UK's National X-ray Crystallography Service, which supports and develops world-leading research in the physical sciences.
Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017. Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities For further information please visit https://www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/about/Equality/index.page
The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities. This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.
*subject to qualifying criteria
Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.
We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
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