PhD Studentship in Multifunctional Materials

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Structural Power Composites

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship on structural power composites within the Aeronautics and Chemistry Departments at Imperial College London.

Imperial College London is pioneering the emerging field of structural power: structural composites with the capacity to store/deliver electrical energy. Our research has generated enormous public, academic and industrial interest, and whilst presenting considerable technical challenges, is anticipated to have a profound effect the future of transportation and portable electronics. Further information about our research and the associated challenges can be found here.

Following the award of funding to investigate both the fundamental science of structural power materials and the engineering applications of this technology, we are expanding our Group. There are opportunities to work with a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, material scientists and composite engineers to advance this research under the supervision of Prof Greenhalgh, Prof Shaffer and Prof Kucernak. The research will be entail working in the Multifunctional Laboratory in the CAG building (Aeronautics) and in the Chemistry Department. Finally this research will also offer opportunities to work with closely with industry to explore adoption of structural power in transportation applications, particularly aerospace.

The goal of this PhD studentship is to devise, synthesise and characterise new architectures of structural supercapacitor with intrinsically shorter ionic diffusion distances to that of the laminated configurations investigated to date. Concepts could include fibre and tow level embodiments; the former is anticipated to entail coating structural carbon fibres with electroactive components using electropolymerisation whilst the latter will entail weaving tows of dissimilar tows fibres to act as the two electrodes. Both these embodiments will be embedded within a multifunctional or structural matrix.

Applicants should have a keen interest and solid background in materials chemistry, electrochemical devices, and/or polymer matrix fibre composites. An interest in nanomaterials / nanocomposites, including systems based on carbon nanotubes and graphene, will be desirable. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours degree or an equivalent degree in Chemistry, Materials, Engineering or a related discipline.

“Funding is available for UK citizens and EU citizens who have resided in the UK for the past three years. The studentship is for 3.5 years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,296.”

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure (

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Prof Emile S Greenhalgh via email:

To apply, please go to

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms. Lisa Kelly by email at

Closing date for applications: Open until filled 

Start Date: As soon as possible 

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