Electrodeposition of Polymers And Luminescent Materials to Create the Next Generation of Lighting Technology


Key Information

Academic supervisor: Dr C Phillips and Prof D Deganello

Industrial Supervisors: Mr Peter R Leak and Dr Richard G. Taylor 

After completion of this project there may be potential for full-time employment with Luxtec Global.


Luxtec Global is developing a direct replacement for the domestic lightbulb that is multiple times more energy efficient than an LED equivalent. Whilst LED bulbs where able to double the number of lumens over conventional fluorescent light bulbs, Luxtec’s new bulb is expected to be generate up to five times more lumens per watt than current LED technology. This is to be achieved by applying four proprietary innovations, some of which are derived from the use of existing technology but engineered in a substantially more efficient manner. This technology gives the potential to drive sustainability and energy reduction through vastly increased efficiency.

Project Aims:

The main aim of the project is to establish a full, proprietary Electrodeposition process for a light emitting product. Current screen-printing applications of light emitting devices, utilising ink materials, results in uneven surfaces. By initially utilising a narrower and “defined” PSD, combined with an electrodeposition process, a more precise layer deposition uniformity can be achieved.

Further aims, in addition to the above are for:
1. The accurate analysis of layer deposition thicknesses and uniformity, via SEM investigation.
2. The encapsulation of the light emitting materials with a nano-meter scale conformal anhydrous coating, via atomic layer deposition.
3. The deposition of a microscale outer electrode through an aerosol jet printing application.
4. Full Spectroscopy analysis of electromagnetic wavelength output, white light colour temperature and SI unit light output values i.e. cd/m2, Lumens et al.
The company will support the research with all the necessary equipment for the project, including light emitting materials, except for associated equipment relating to ALD and Aerosol Jet printing.

To have fully developed an industrial material deposition process that is capable of being scaled to a high-volume manufacturing environment, for a new range of high efficiency, low power lighting products. The significant market uptake of such would appreciably reduce carbon emissions for the UK, as well as internationally.

Before submitting an application for the project, please see our Hints & Tips document which can be found here

Sponsoring Company

Luxtec Global Limited


We welcome applications with Chemistry or Materials Science, but other physical sciences also considered (Engineering disciplines, Physics), 2.1 or 1st class degree preferred, or equivalent relevant experience that would enable the candidate to fulfil the role.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.
Full eligibility can be found at


Fees at Home / EU rate, and Stipend £12500, both for the period of one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.

Closing Date: 30 April 2021

Start Date: July 2021

Applications and informal enquiries about this studentship should be directed by email to: 30Jl

Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) provides industry led postgraduate research training based at Swansea University's new Bay Campus. M2A is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.