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Research Centre

Centre for Flexible Electronics and E-Textiles (C-FLEET)

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We bring together expertise working on flexible, stretchable functional materials for electronic systems.

About

We're researching soft, conformable materials for use in: 

  • personal monitoring and healthcare applications 
  • flexible energy-harvesting power supplies and storage  
  • industry 
  • agriculture 
  • civil engineering 
  • the marine environment 
  • the automotive sector 
     

Our current research areas: 
 

  • Flexible printed circuits: printed organic electrochemical transistors for multiplexing and switching applications developed on the WEARPLEX project
     
  • Soft smart materials: researchers in electronics and computer science (ECS) have a longstanding track record in developing smart materials that sense and react to certain stimuli such as mechanical forces, electrical signals or magnetic fields
     
  • Textile-based energy storage: textile structures provide a scaffold for supercapacitors and batteries to be integrated with the fabric
     
  • Printed functional inks for e-textiles: we have developed a range of co-compatible low temperature inks during the Microflex project for use on textiles
     
  • Textile-based energy harvesting: we have developed numerous techniques for harvesting ambient energy as an alternative integrated power supply
     
  • Integrated electronics in textiles: flexible filament circuits with a patent pending packaging approach for integrated into yarns and textiles (FETT project)
     
  • Flexible RF antennas: research covering the design, fabrication and testing of antennas and systems for RF energy harvesting and communication across a range of frequency bands
     
  • Green electronics: centre members are involved in a collaborative project with ARM looking at the design, materials and manufacture of printed and flexible electronics in order to aid re-use or ensure biodegradability

People, projects and publications

People

Dr Dimitra Georgiadou PhD FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • green manufacturing of flexible nanoelectronic devices
  • photonic synapses for neuromorphic computing
  • solution-processed non-toxic materials

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: d.georgiadou@soton.ac.uk

Address: B59, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Professor Kai Yang

Professor

Research interests

  • Electronic textile materials and manufacturing
  • Wearable medical devices (e.g. stroke rehabilitation, pain management)
  • Digital healthcare

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: ky2e09@soton.ac.uk

Address: Satellite - Park Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8DL

Dr Rujie Sun

Lecturer

Research interests

  • Medical Robotics (Micro/Nano Robotics, Soft Robotics)
  • Flexible Electronics
  • Sensors and Biosensors

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: rujie.sun@soton.ac.uk

Address: B13, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Dr Russel Torah BEng, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Email: rnt@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Address: B59, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Professor Stephen Beeby PhD, FIEEE, FInstP, FIET, CEng, CPhys

Professor of Electronic Systems & Device

Research interests

  • Electronic Textiles
  • Flexible Electronics
  • Smart Materials

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: spb@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Address: B59, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Dr Thomas Andritsch

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Dielectric Materials and Nanodielectrics
  • HV Cable Systems

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: t.andritsch@soton.ac.uk

Address: B1, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

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