M2A

Materials development for printed electronics and semiconductor applications.

Key Information

Supervisors: Prof D Deganello and Dr E Jewell

This advert will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Do not delay, submit your application today.

Fully funded opportunity for an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in the field of novel materials and printable electronics for sensors, printed electronic displays, semiconducting industry and packaging.  The project is particularly suitable for any engineering and physical science background.
 
The project will be in collaboration with A-Gas Electronic Materials, part of A-Gas International,  a leading international company;  A-Gas Electronic Materials builds over 25 years of service and is a leading specialist chemicals & processes supplier for the Semiconductor Industry, Printed Circuit Board, Electronic/Industrial Metal Finishing, Photovoltaic and Advanced Packaging Technologies.
 
The project will involve a research programme investigating the development of novel materials for adhesion, planarization, bonding/encapsulation and dielectric properties and their deposition. Example of applications of novel materials 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 project will involve a combination of experimental and pilot line studies with development of evaluation models of material key performance characteristics. The establishment of the model / criteria will be accompanied by laboratory-based formulation experimentation, deposition work and analysis for validation of the developed formulations and the model.
The successful applicant will work collaboratively with A-Gas personnel / industrial supervisor to deliver the project aims above.

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 Electronic Materials
Company Website Eligibility

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.
Funding

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 31 July 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