Research Masters: Electricity from heat – energy reclamation for automotive applications (Paid, 1yr)

Evectek LogoThe subject of this MRes is to find ways to directly convert waste heat into electricity that can then be used to extend the range of electric vehicles. This is a fully funded 1 year MRes scholarship during which the student will perform research with Evectek Ltd. who are currently developing a new drive system for low emission vehicles.  

Key facts:

  • Qualification:

    1 year MRes

  • Start Date:

    As soon as possible.

  • Annual Stipend:


  • How to apply

    Please send a CV and covering letter to Dr. Michael Rushton ( and cc to Penny Dowdney ( Please quote reference BUK2208.

  • Who Should Apply?

    Candidates with a background in engineering, physics, materials, chemistry or related disciplines are encouraged to apply.
    The studentship is funded through the KESS2 scheme and appointed KESS 2 students must meet the requirements of this scheme.

  • Find out more:

    Please email Dr. Michael Rushton


This Project is sponsored by Evectek who are developing an innovative electrohydraulic propulsion system for low carbon vehicles.  During this MRes  innovative technology solutions will be developed to enable clean and efficient vehicles. Decarbonising transport is crucial in addressing the looming climate emergency and this studentship provides a chance to help make this happen.

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Electric cars, vehicles and other forms of transport generate significant amounts of heat.  There would be considerable benefit if this heat could be employed for useful work to increase the car’s range.  This MRes is concerned with using thermoelectric devices, making use of the Seebeck effect, to capture heat that would otherwise go to waste.  Your research project will look at thermoelectric materials and how they could be integrated into Evectek’s electrohydraulic Drive System.

Evectek are a rapidly growing company and this studentship offers a good route for possible future employment with them.

During this Research Masters you will have the chance to work closely and learn from the scientists and engineers from Bangor University’s Extreme Materials Research Group and members of the Electrical Engineering Department.  You will also have regular contact and receive guidance from the skilled Mechanical and Automotive Engineers working to bring Evectek’s advanced technologies to market.

The Project will be led at Bangor by Dr. Michael Rushton who has broad experience of materials science and engineering from modelling to manufacture.  He will be supported by Dr. Iuliia Ipatova (materials), Dr. Simon Middleburgh (materials), Dr. Lee Evitts (physics) and Dr. Jeff Kettle (Electronic Engineering).  Your industrial supervisor will be George Ryton, the inventor of Evectek’s innovative Drive System who brings a wealth of engineering experience from motorsport – i.e.  Formula 1 (including Ferrari, Minardi and Tyrell) and may other sectors to the Project and will ensure the industrial relevance of your work.

Candidates with a background in engineering, physics, materials, chemistry or related disciplines are encouraged to apply.