Materials development for printed electronics and semiconductor applications.

Key Information

Supervisors: Prof D Deganello and Dr E Jewell

Expected Interview Date: 17th June 2019.

A-Gas Electronic Materials has a 25-year history of serving the manufacturing and research areas of the semiconductor, printed circuit board and electronic/industrial metal finishing with high quality materials and technical expertise.

A-Gas has recently expanded into the printed electronics area offering material supply and technical capability. 

It is envisaged that the successful candidates will undertake research investigating the development of novel materials for adhesion, bonding/encapsulation and dielectric properties. The resulting materials will be tailored for applications within the printed electronics and semi-conductor fields. These applications include substrate planarization prior to stack building for the creation of a range of devices such as sensor systems and printed electronic displays; as well as adhesion layers to account for the incompatibility of adjacent stack structure layers. The candidate will develop a selection and evaluation model to be applied to evaluate the potential of a component materials suitability for incorporation into new formulations. The criteria involved in the model will feed into the selection of components to develop materials which can achieve application requirement s whilst using traditional non-photosensitive cure methods.

The establishment of the model / criteria will be accompanied by laboratory-based formulation experimentation, deposition work and analysis for validation for the formulations and the model. 

The successful applicant will work collaboratively with A-Gas personnel / industrial supervisor to deliver the project aims below. 

  • Undertake a review of the literature to identify optimum materials for investigation.
  • Develop a selection and evaluation model/criteria to consider materials properties/capabilities including but not limited to: Materials/components compatibility,

Materials/components thermal response and stability, Formulations suitable for various deposition methods and, Scalable production methods.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners. 

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University. 

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Sponsoring Company A-Gas
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We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding. 

To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:

  • Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

Full fees at Home/EU rate for a period of four academic years.

Maintenance stipend at £20K per annum for a period of four years.

Closing Date 27 May 2019

Start Date October 2019

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk