Prestigious scholarship for an electronics and computer science researcher from Southampton to investigate radio frequency energy harvesting | Electronics and IT

Published: February 17, 2022

Dr Mamoud Wagih

Dr Mahmoud Wagih is one of nine researchers who were recently appointed UK Intelligence Community (UKIC) Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Fellows are funded to develop new technologies in a variety of fields, including detecting and protecting against malicious drones, studying the movement of pollutants in indoor spaces, and improving radar imagery.

Mahmoud will focus his fellowship on the ability of a single energy harvesting source to power many co-located “satellite” systems in inaccessible environments through safe, robust and efficient radio frequency power transmission.

He said: “Harvesting energy from sunlight or vibration could lead to battery-less electronic devices, but it can only generate sufficient output where ambient power is present. Finding alternatives for replaceable batteries is crucial to improving the user experience as our personal electronic devices increase in Although we have energy harvesting devices ranging from solar-powered calculators to watches that rely on body temperature to generate energy energy, energy harvesting has not yet become a technology that works everywhere.

“I am honored that this award from UKIC and the Royal Academy of Engineering recognizes our cutting-edge research which integrates radio frequency (RF) energy harvesters into everyday objects such as clothing, smart tags and packaging. RF radiation can be used to transport power, safely and over long distances to inaccessible locations where sunlight or vibration may not be present – a green alternative to batteries.”

Mahmoud works alongside industry partners, including semiconductor leader Arm, to create new RF-powered computers, as well as Perpetuum, part of Hitachi, to build durable condition monitoring systems.

The UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered by the Government Office for Science and are administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Recipients receive funding for at least two years of their project and mentorship from an Academy member as well as an intelligence community advisor. They aim to provide a vital link between academia and the intelligence community and to support cutting-edge work that can help the intelligence community and also provide mentorship support to a new generation of engineers.

Mahmoud received funding of just under £200,000 for his scholarship. Watch a video about his research here.

Southampton Research Fellow Dr Desmond Lim, from the School of Engineering, has also been awarded a UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct an experimental investigation focusing on the fundamental processes of indoor airflows and the turbulent diffusivity of pollutants . It has been awarded just under £200,000 to improve numerical and mathematical models capable of accurately predicting air pollutant dispersions, improving building ventilation design, occupant health and better informing government agencies responsible for public health and national defense policies.

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