MRes Scholarship: Enhanced utilisation of embedded RFID technology with bio-based materials
Project Description :
We are looking for a graduate with experience in materials science and an interest in electronics to work on an exciting and industry relevant project whilst gaining a Masters by Research qualification. The successful applicant will work with scientists from the BioComposites Centre – an industry focused centre within Bangor University and with RFIDdirect – a specialist supplier of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology within the European market. The company is based in Mold, Flintshire and in Kleve, Germany and specialises in quality product applications and solutions designed to tackle common production and logistical chain issues to speed up business cycles across a range of sectors, from manufacturing and retail, to healthcare and horticulture.
Passive UHF RFID technology uses propagation coupling where a reader antenna emits electromagnetic energy (radio waves). The tag gathers energy from the reader antenna, and the microchip uses the energy to change the load on the antenna and reflects back an altered signal. This is called backscatter. This signal can be read by appropriate receivers and provide information on identification and position. The backscatter can be influenced by the moisture and temperature changes, and pressure on the antenna.
The company require information on how moisture within wood and wood-based materials affects the backscatter signal of RFID technology. The project will therefore, develop an understanding of how environmental conditions affect materials and how this in turn affects the operation and reliability of embedded RFID technology. This will help the company implement critical identification and logistical applications for a range of products.
This funded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship 2 (KESS 2) project will be supervised by Dr Simon Curling from the Biocomposites Centre at Bangor University and by Frits Van Calker of RFIDdirect. The funding includes a generous travel and equipment budget.