Multifunctional materials for conformable electronics

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BCMaterials – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures is a research center included in the BERC’s (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network, devoted to generate knowledge on the new generation of materials, and turning this knowledge into (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society, is currently calling for a

 

Master scholarship position

 

to work on project

 

Multifunctional materials for conformable electronics

 

Today’s electronics market requires flexible applications, where electronic devices must be integrated into wearable components. To achieve integration, devices require conformability towards specific shape. Further, circular economy consideration recommend the use of environmental friendly materials. Therefore, a new generation of electronic materials has to be developed, taking into consideration the aforementioned needs. One of the most promising technologies to meet such requirements accomplishes printed electronics. However, this field still has a lack of environmental friendlier printable and conformable materials: conductive, dielectric and magnetic must be developed with suitable adhesion, conformability and functional response, which must be achieved in a nanoparticle free approach. These new functional inks will allow the development of new of types of devices, which can monitor our health, implement touch or sound response technologies in specific environments

 

The following techniques, instruments and facilities will be used:

 

Multidisciplinary approach including materials design, processing, characterization and device integration.

 

The following tasks will be performed:

 

  1. Development of advanced materials compatible both with sensing applications and conformability
  2. Fabrication and implementation of prototypes using conformable techniques
  3. Morphological, structural, electrical and functional characterization

 

BCMaterials offers a scholarship to master students for the master thesis to be done at BCMaterials, for a total amount of 600 EUR per month for up to 5 months, in collaboration with the Grupo de Investigación de Química Macromolecular (Labquimac) Research Group (https://www.ehu.eus/es/web/labquimac), belonging to the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT/ZTF) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

 

BCMaterials is committed to equality of opportunity and values diversity.

 

This position is part of the Call for Master Scholarships published on BCMaterials website at https://www.bcmaterials.net/training/master-thesis/ with the reference (2020-21), therefore, the terms and conditions of the call apply. Candidates must meet the general eligibility criteria stated on it, and fill the application form at the end of this page, including their CV, academic records and motivation and reference letters.

 

Before applying, candidates are encouraged to get in touch with researchers in charge of the project, in order to obtain detailed information about it:

 

  • Academic Tutor (UPV/EHU): José Luis Vilas (joseluis.vilas@ehu.es)
  • Co-director (BCMaterials): Carmen Rial (carmen.rial@bcmaterials.net)

 

All the applicants will be contacted by BCMaterials through a supplied email, as soon as the call is closed.