Key Information

Subject areas: Electrical Engineering, Physics

Start date: October 2019

Closing date: 31 August 2019

Project description:

This project will work close by a consortium of leading industrial and academic partners, which unites various world leaders in power semiconductors and to develop solutions for automotive, aerospace, industrial and grid-level power electronics.. The reason for existing project is to improve the UK’s energy infrastructure as we move into a low carbon economy. A change in perspective in technology will be required so as to adapt viably to a regularly expanding measure of sustainable power source being brought online. It is envisaged that other forms of renewable energy e.g. tidal, solar could also play a role alongside traditional coal fired power stations and nuclear energy generation. Progressive changes to control transformation is imperative if these carbon discharges targets are to be met. The goal is to empower a stage change in power transformation, transmission and circulation through power hardware dependent on new materials. At the core of such systems are power semiconductor devices.

The advantages of wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for power electronic applications are documented very well. Gallium Oxide (Ga2O3) is an emerging oxide semiconductor that has recently been identified as a promising candidate for power electronics and photovoltaics. There are litle number of reports on this exciting new material. This project is aimed at understanding the fundamental performance limit of Ga2O3 power devices through finite element modelling (electrical and thermal) and device fabrication aimed at both power electronics and photovoltaics. A self-motivated individual who will be based at the College of Engineering will conduct research into the latest gallium oxide power electronic devices. The research work will be undertaken in a state-of-the-art micro-fabrication power semiconductor device cleanroom.

Project supervisors: Dr Mike Jennings


Candidates should hold a minimum of 2.1 honours degree with a master’s level in engineering (preferably electrical) or physics.

Candidates should be proficient at presenting results and using computer software (MatLab, MS Excel, MS Word, etc.).

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) to be met by point of application.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidate only.


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,296.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete and submit the following documents to Dr Mike Jennings (

A research proposal entitled “Gallium oxide for power electronic devices”

College of Engineering PGR Scholarship Application


Degree certificates and transcripts

For enquiries please contact Dr Mike Jennings ( / +44 (0)1792 518694).

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