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University of Southampton Malaysia

Research project: Microsystems for Sustainable Development

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Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), also known as Microsystems or Micromachines, encompass a broad range of miniaturised components. MEMS products have been successfully commercialized for a variety of applications, including motion sensing, pressure sensing, electrical/optical switching and chemical detection. As the production and usage of microsystems increase rapidly, the corresponding impact on the environment will also increase significantly without careful management. Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), also known as Microsystems or Micromachines, encompass a broad range of miniaturised components. MEMS products have been successfully commercialized for a variety of applications, including motion sensing, pressure sensing, electrical/optical switching and chemical detection. As the production and usage of microsystems increase rapidly, the corresponding impact on the environment will also increase significantly without careful management.

Through developing resource-conscious fabrication techniques, minimising wastage and using environmentally friendly materials, the impact can be minimised. Furthermore, microsystems can also be designed specifically for green applications. For example, environment sensors can be used to detect harmful pollutants in fresh water sources or monitor greenhouse gas emissions levels. Miniaturised energy recovery systems that minimise energy wastage will also play an important role in enhancing energy efficiency.

PhD positions are available for research along the theme of microsystems for sustainable development. The specific focus of the project will depend on the student’s background and research interest. Full scholarship may also be available to outstanding applicants. Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the following disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply: engineering (all disciplines), applied physics, applied chemistry and materials. The successful applicant will spend a minimum of one year in Southampton, UK and will be based in USMC for the remainder of the research period. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Dr Pu Suan Hui: suanhui.pu@southampton.ac.uk

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