Fully Funded MSc by Research at Swansea: Electrodeposition of Polymers
Luxtec Global is developing a direct replacement for the domestic lightbulb that is multiple times more energy efficient than an LED equivalent. Whilst LED bulbs where able to double the number of lumens over conventional fluorescent light bulbs, Luxtec’s new bulb is expected to be generate up to five times more lumens per watt than current LED technology. This is to be achieved by applying four proprietary innovations, some of which are derived from the use of existing technology but engineered in a substantially more efficient manner. This technology gives the potential to drive sustainability and energy reduction through vastly increased efficiency.
The main aim of the project is to establish a full, proprietary Electrodeposition process for a light emitting product. Current screen-printing applications of light emitting devices, utilising ink materials, results in uneven surfaces. By initially utilising a narrower and “defined” PSD, combined with an electrodeposition process, a more precise layer deposition uniformity can be achieved.
Further aims, in addition to the above are for:
- The accurate analysis of layer deposition thicknesses and uniformity, via SEM investigation.
- The encapsulation of the light emitting materials with a nano-meter scale conformal anhydrous coating, via atomic layer deposition.
- The deposition of a microscale outer electrode through an aerosol jet printing application.
- Full Spectroscopy analysis of electromagnetic wavelength output, white light colour temperature and SI unit light output values i.e. cd/m2, Lumens, et al.
The company will support the research with all the necessary equipment for the project, including light emitting materials, except for associated equipment relating to ALD and Aerosol Jet printing.
To have fully developed an industrial material deposition process that is capable of being scaled to a high-volume manufacturing environment, for a new range of high efficiency, low power lighting products. The significant market uptake of such would appreciably reduce carbon emissions for the UK, as well as internationally.
We welcome applications from candidates with a degree (minimum level 2:1) in Chemistry or Materials Science, but will accept other physical sciences disciplines (Engineering, Physics), or equivalent relevant experience that would enable the candidate to fulfil the role.
We would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 for a period of one year.
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