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Postgraduate research project

E-Textiles Engineering: Triboelectric Energy Harvesting

Fully funded (UK only)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (UK fees and International) to work on triboelectric energy harvesting within garments.


Electronic textiles, or e-textiles, refers to the addition of electronics, sensors, actuators, energy harvesters and energy storage within fabric materials. They provide a ubiquitous platform for a new class of wearable technology where the electronics are hidden and undetectable and the potential applications for the technology are vast.

This project will investigate the use of the triboelectric effect to generate electrical energy from motion and the incorporation of a triboelectric device within a garment. This will also involve efficiently capturing this energy and demonstrating its use in powering a small wireless sensing system. 

You will join the School of Electronics and Computer Science which is ranked 1st in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2022) within the University of Southampton which is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

We will provide access to specialist equipment and laboratories for manufacture and testing and your supervisors are leading academics in the field. We will also support the development of your future career and give you opportunities to expand your experience and knowledge beyond the topic of the PhD project.