Wireless Power and Communications for Implanted Sensor Devices (funded positions available)

This project has funding available for eligible UK and EU students through the CDT in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement (CDT-ISM).

This project will:

  • Explore methods for wireless coupling in implanted sensors
  • Test the theoretical predictions in an existing model of coil-coil communications
  • Develop an optimised strategy and set of circuits for communications between an embedded sensor chip and a transceiver outside (perhaps worn on) the body.

Further Information: 

Cancer kills over a million per annum in Europe alone. A malignant tumour is an uncontrolled growth of cells that can spread (metastasise) to distant organs. The microenvironment of a tumour is key to this spread and to the tumour's resistance to radiotherapy. Implanted biosensors will allow a tumour's biology to be monitored continuously and without further intervention. This project will develop techniques for wireless communications between the implanted sensor and the medical team outside, to avoid infection that could be caused by wires that puncture the skin. The solution will be a combination of RF, inductive and ultrasonic communication.

This project will explore novel fully-wireless and semi-wireless power supply and/or data communications for implanted sensor devices. We have already developed models of coil-coil coupling (ref 3 below) and this project will first assimilate and test them against experimental reality. Subsequently, the project will select the optimal combination of radio-frequency, inductive and ultrasonic communications to serve a sensor implanted in the human body, exchanging information with a transceiver outside the body. The project has opportunities for work in theoretical electromagnetic communications, experimental work on realistic test platforms and energy harvesting in implanted devices. The main thrust of the project will be defined during year#2 of the CDT programme and put into practice in years 3-4.

Closing Date: 

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Cancer cell

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


This project is open until the position is filled.

This project has funding available for eligible UK and EU students through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement (CDT-ISM).

Further information and other funding options.