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Exploring Boron Arsenide | EPSRC and Swansea PhD Scholarship

  Date of expiration: September 1, 2023

Important Information:

Due to financing restrictions, international students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship (unless they are eligible to pay UK tuition fees according to UKCISA regulations). 

Funding Provider:

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Faculty of Science and Engineering, Swansea University

Subject Areas:

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Date of project start: 

  • October 1, 2023 (Registration begins in mid-September.)

The manager of the project: 

  • Educator Karol Kalna 
  • Professor Li Lijie 

Aligned academic program: 

  • Doctorate in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Study mode: full-time

Description of the project:

Cubic boron arsenide (c-BAs) is emerging as a revolutionary semiconductor with an electron mobility of 1400 cm2/V (1400 cm2/V for silicon) and a hole mobility of approximately 2100 cm2/V (450 cm2/V for silicon), both at room temperature. While electron mobility is comparable to that of silicon, hole mobility is significantly greater. In addition, the measured thermal conductivity of c-BAs is between 1000 and 1300 W/mK, which is significantly greater than that of silicon (140 W/mK). c-BA’s exceptional transport properties necessitate significant advancements in digital, radio-frequency (mobile computing), and photovoltaic (solar cells) applications. However, the transport of c-BA by a superior carrier is insufficient on its own. Because of this, this project will look into the mobility and density of carriers in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures. These are important parts of the electronic control of CMOS transistor logic, which is in every device we use. These structures are fabricated at the Center for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM), a new £90 million facility (£140 million total investment) with a footprint of 4,320 square meters. Inevitably, the interface between a dielectric layer (oxide) and c-BAS (semiconductor) will reduce electron and hole mobility. The objective of the project is to optimize the selection of dielectric and metal in MOS structures for maximum mobility and density. If you have a degree in physics or chemistry, electrical, material, or mechanical engineering and would like to research this completely novel material with the potential to revolutionize semiconductor devices and thus launch your professional career, please submit your application as instructed below.

The eligibility criteria are:

Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade of 2.1 (or the non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in engineering or another relevant science field. See ‘country-specific information for European and international applicants (available at the bottom of the page)’.
  • English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component) or a Swansea-recognized equivalent. Here you will find information regarding the Swansea University English Language Admissions Policy Fees.
  • Due to financing restrictions, international students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship (unless they are eligible to pay UK tuition fees as defined by UKCISA regulations). 
  • Note: If you possess a non-UK degree, please refer to the Swansea University degree comparisons to determine your eligibility. 
If you have any questions about your academic or fee eligibility, please email [email protected] with a link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 

Monetary support:

This scholarship covers the complete cost of UK tuition fees and provides an annual stipend at the UKRI rate (£18,622 for 2023–24). Additionally, additional research expenses will be available. 

How to Apply:

To apply, please provide the following information on your online application: Course selection: Please choose PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering / Full-time, three years, October
  1. If you have previously applied for the above program, the application system may issue a warning notice and prohibit you from applying again. If this occurs, please send an email to [email protected], where staff will be glad to assist you in submitting your application.
  2. Please select 2023 as the year of commencement
  3. Finances (page 8):
  • “Are you funding your education?” Please choose No
  • Please input ‘RS416: Ph.D. Elec Eng’ under ‘Name of Individual or Organization Financing Study’.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to list the aforementioned information accurately on the application; please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship award. One application per individual Swansea University-led research scholarship award is required; applications listing multiple Swansea University-led research scholarships will not be considered. We encourage you to complete the following to support Swansea University’s commitment to providing a discrimination-free environment and celebrating diversity:  You MUST upload the following documents as part of your online application (please do not submit them via email):
  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (or, if you are still in school, screenshots of your grades to date) are required.
  • A cover letter including a “supplementary Personal Statement” that explains why your skills and experience are a perfect match for the position and how you intend to advance the project.
  • Two academic or previous employer references on letterhead or the Swansea University reference form Please be advised that we cannot accept references received via private email accounts, such as Hotmail. Referees must provide their email address for employment verification.
  • If applicable, evidence of meeting the English Language requirement
  • Copy of the United Kingdom resident visa (if applicable)
  • Optional confirmation of EDI form submission 
Please contact Professor Karol Kalna ([email protected]) with any inquiries. External Partner Application Data Sharing: Please be advised that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data may be shared with external partners outside the University when joint or co-funding of a scholarship project is applicable.

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