PhD Position: Inorganic-Rich Composite Electrolytes for High Voltage Solid-State Batteries

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Company description

CIC Energigune is a Cooperative Research Centre founded in 2007 with its headquarters in the Basque Country. Created thanks to the investments of the Basque Government and several leading companies in the energy sector, it aspires to become a true international leader in the field of energy and contribute to the industrial competitiveness of Basque companies.

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PhD description:

Solid state electrolytes are a promising alternative to replace flammable organic liquid electrolytes in Li ion batteries, improving safety as well as bosting battery performances such as voltage, energy density, and lifetime. However, existing solid electrolytes (i.e. ceramics, polymers, and their composites) do not yet fulfil the requirements for practical applications.

In this project, existing solid electrolytes will be combined to yield novel ceramic-rich composites with fast ion conductivity and good mechanical and interfacial properties. The student will develop the experimental approach to process the materials. The structure-properties relationships of the resultant composite membranes will be characterized. Finally, the student will integrate selected membranes into solid state Li batteries and perform electrochemical testing.


Candidates must show initiative, independent thinking, as well as capability to work in collaborative environments. He/she will be part of a multidisciplinary international research team. Good English level is highly recommended.

  • Research line: Ceramic Electrolyte
  • Topic: The research project will focus on the development of ceramic and composite electrolyte materials and their integration into battery devices. The main objective of the PhD project is to demonstrate the proof of concept of a solid-state Li-ion battery based on the developed solid electrolytes.
  • Expected starting date: January 2018.

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