The University of Southampton

The following available PhD projects are related to C-FLEET research activities and will be supervised by one or more C-FLEET member.

Neuromorphic computing using porous flexible thin film

Solution-based processing methods have offered significant advantages for resistive switching memory including high versatility and flexibility, large area uniformity, low-cost and simple fabrication. The project will develop a mesoporous SiO2 based resistive switching device from a solution-based process on flexible substrates and investigate its application for future data storage and neuromorphic computing. For further details please contact Dr Ruomeng Huang.

Flexible RF projects 

The following projects involve developing flexible RF related systems for specific applications, materials for improved RF performance or to address issues of sustainability.  For further details please contact Dr Mahmoud Wagih.

  • Biodegradable RF sensors and RFID tags
  • Long-Range RFID Sensing using Smart Materials
  • Reconfigurable antennas for better IoT and body-centric wireless connectivity
  • E-textile metamaterials for improving the connectivity of on-body wearable devices
  • Anything related to flexible/printed RF and mmWave devices 

E-Textiles Devices and Systems Development

We have a significant research activity supporting electronic textiles technologies and have a large number of PhD projects available. The following are examples, please contact Prof Steve Beeby for more details and to discuss other opportunities.

  • Zinc ion flexible textile battery development
  • Textile compatible electrostatic actuators for active functional clothing
  • Inverted structure development for flexible light-emitting cell based displays
  • Perovskite solar cells on textiles
  • Hybrid textile supercapacitor and battery energy storage systems   

Sustainable E-Textiles Activities

Sustainability is an important issue and at present e-textiles exist outside the WEEE regulation that governs the disposal of standard electronics. Dr Russel Torah is leading research ensuring e-textiles research remain responsible and sustainability is considered as part of our activities. Example projects include: 

  • Recyclable circuits for e-textiles – considering all the materials from substrates to conductors and dielectrics, either through printing or other means. 
  • Assembly methods that enable the removal of circuits and components and designing circuits to be re-used for other applications.