Graphene supercapacitor

Partnership PhD Graphene-based flexible textile supercapacitor for wearable electronic applications. Closed to applications.


We are delighted to announce the availability of a Partnership PhD in collaboration with The University of the West of England, Bristol, and AUGTEX OÜ, Estonia.  

The closing date for applications is 12 July 2020

The date for interviews will be 20 July 2020. Interviews will be conducted online. 

REF: ACE-AAD-19-010 

Studentship details

The title of this project is: Graphene-based flexible textile supercapacitor for wearable electronic applications.

1. develop functionalised and well-characterised graphene and other 2D materials for energy storage applications

2. develop a scalable and cost-effective way of manufacturing textiles energy storage using existing textiles coating or printing techniques

3. investigate the electro-chemical performance of textiles energy storage fabrics such as energy density, charging-discharging, cyclability and flexibility

4. develop porotypes in collaboration with the partner organisation. 

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a fully-funded collaborative doctorate with an industrial partner and working as part of a cross disciplinary team. You will be jointly supervised by Dr Nazmul Karim, Associate Professor, (Centre for Fine Print Research, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE Bristol); Dr Alex Yue, Associate Professor (Faculty Engineering, Design and Mathematics, UWE Bristol); Dr Carinna Parraman, Professor (Centre for Fine Print Research, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE Bristol); Mr Martin Nolve, Owner, Founder and CEO, AUGTEX OÜ, Estonia.

The studentship is fully funded for three years thanks to UWE Bristol's ‘Partnership PhD’ in collaboration with UWE Bristol and AUGTEX OÜ Estonia. AUGTEX OÜ is an exciting new start-up company, which has recently won European Space Agency (ESA) business incubator award 2020 and received a R&D contract to develop next generation charging fabrics.

Funding and eligibility

Ideally, you will have a first degree in textiles or materials science. Studentships will start on 1 October 2020 and consist of an annual tax-free stipend of £15,285 (2020/2021), subject to satisfactory progress, for three years. In addition, full-time tuition fees, and research training support will be covered for the length of the funding period. 

How to apply

Please follow the link to apply for a PhD research degree and to submit your application online. Please quote reference Partnership ACE-AAD-19-010 when applying.

Supporting documentation 

You will need to upload your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form. 

Please note:

As the project is already set for the ‘research proposal’, you should include a 1,000-word statement where you should explain:

  • why you wish to apply for this collaborative doctorate
  • how you would approach investigating this subject
  • what you see as the advantages in working with UWE Bristol in what way your interests, education and existing knowledge make you well suited to undertake this project.


You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references before you submit your application. 

Your application will only be considered if it is complete together with the above supporting documentation and confirms that you meet our minimum eligibility criteria. Missing or incorrect information will mean that your application will not be considered. If we need further details or additional documentation, we will contact you.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on 12 July 2020.

Further information

Please note that you must be available to be interviewed online on 20 July 2020  

The start date of this PhD studentship is 1 October 2020. 

For an informal discussion of the project, please email Naxmul Karim at

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