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Dr Marina Antoniou

Scholarship Project Title: Advances in HV SiC Power Devices for EV Applications

Dr Marina Antoniou and Professor Peter Gammon, School of Engineering, University of Warwick

Start date: 08 January 2024

Application deadline: 30 November 2023

The project

Wide bandgap semiconductor materials, such as SiC and GaN, due to their superior material properties, have a proven potential for a step improvement in power devices performance. The material properties of SiC result in a series of superior performances of power electronics above the 1.2kV breakdown rating. In particular, the advances made on MOS devices have provided a strong base for developing wide bandgap transistor platforms such as the SiC power MOSFETs. As a result, SiC-based devices are now beginning to be implemented in power electronics applications such as in power supplies, automotive, grid systems, traction / industrial drives, renewable energy converters and solid-state breakers. These components and applications form the backbone for the electrification revolution we are currently witnessing around the globe. This project envisions the development of novel device architectures, which will bring significant improvements in efficiency, reliability and cost.
The main objective of the project is to demonstrate cost-effective, breakthrough concepts of power semiconductor devices enabled by the development of a novel platform technology of high energy-efficiency SiC-MOSFETs.

Eligibility: UK students with a good 2.1 degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in Electrical Engineering or Physical Sciences or equivalent. The candidate will be expected to have a background / keen interest in modelling and experimental investigation of solid-state devices

Funding: The award will cover tuition fees at the UK fee level plus a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for 3.5 years of full-time study. International students are welcome to apply but must meet the fee difference themselves.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit a formal application, details of how to do so can be found here 

Application form 'Course search':

  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Academic Year: 2023/24
  • Type of Course: Postgraduate Research
  • Engineering (MPhil/PhD) (P-H1Q2)

In the application form funding section, enter: Source: SiC Power

If you have any questions or would like more information about this project, please contact Dr Marina Antoniou 

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