I want to persue PhD studies in solar water heaters. Initially I had
developed a proposal wanting to come up with anew design of a solar
water heater that performs well in both winter and summer.. I then
realised that the organisation that I want to request for some funding
does not support applied research. So now I want to change from
applied to basic research. My problem is that I am failing to come up
with a tentative topic. Please may you suggest some possible basic
research topics in solar water heaters. below is that organisation's
definition of basic and applied research:
Basic vs. Applied Research.
Basic (or pure) scientific research aims to acquire new knowledge
through new discoveries, not to create or invent something. For
example, basic science investigations probe for answers to questions
such as: How did the universe begin? What are protons, neutrons, and
electrons composed of? What is the specific genetic code of an
Fundamental understanding of basic science concepts and techniques in
all branches of science is needed in order for progress to take place.
Basic research lays down the foundation for the applied science that
follows, which is designed to solve practical problems of the modern
Holy smoke! where would you do a Ph.D. in solar
heaters? A grade school?
You would need to be delving deeply into physics
and chemistry to do Ph.D. type of research. The
department could be engineering, physics or chemistry.