Eva Bestelink is a PhD student at the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, where she is supervised by Dr Radu Sporea.
Prior to her BEng degree, Eva was a mature student undergoing a career change. During her MSc in Neuroscience, she discovered mind-controlled prosthetics and decided to pursue a career in robotics. However, without the required STEM degree or relevant A-Levels, particularly mathematics, Eva had to make the decision between a PhD in an unrelated field or start over. Fortunately, universities offer engineering foundation years and Eva completed hers at Kingston University, which paved the way for her acceptance at University of Surrey for her BEng in Electronic Engineering. Soon after joining, Eva quickly realised that semiconductor devices were her true calling and could see parallels between neural behaviour and unconventional ways of operating transistors. This was the inspiration behind the invention of the multimodal transistor.
During her BEng in Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology, she co-invented with Dr Sporea a new type of thin-film transistor (TFT), the multimodal transistor (MMT), which is now the main focus of her doctoral research. The MMT’s operation differs from conventional TFTs, contributing to advanced functionality with robust performance in a compact footprint. As such, it is highly suited to low-cost, high-throughput manufacturing methods, for example roll-to-roll or inkjet printing.
Eva aims to continue her work on the MMT, developing circuits and applications in high-throughput processes, towards developing energy-efficient and eco-disposable sensors for the Internet of Things.
Supported by the IET Postgraduate Award, Eva plans to reach out to young innovators and women in engineering, as well as develop scientific learning materials aimed at young children.