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PhD Studentship: Environmentally Friendly Aqueous Zinc Organic Batteries (EFRAZOB) (CHAOYU20SCIO)

University of East Anglia - Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th December 2019
Closes: 30th January 2020

Start date: October 2020

No. of positions available: 1

Hours: Full Time

Contract: Temporary

Supervisor: Dr Y Chao

Project description: 

Rechargeable batteries are being widely used to power electric vehicles (EVs) and various portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and cameras. With the comparative low weight, low self-discharge and very high energy density, rechargeable batteries make a significant positive impact on the global environment, economy, and daily lives. The UK and EU countries have set the deadline to stop selling traditional fuel powered vehicles leading to very high demand for EVs. The need for higher energy density and faster recharging in EVs was never as urgent as it is now. Therefore, it is timely to develop a safe environmentally friendly battery system for high power capability in EVs.

However, all current batteries contain toxic and/or environmentally unfriendly components, such as toxic nonaqueous electrolyte in Li-ion batteries, toxic Pb in lead-acid batteries, VOx (or Br2) in vanadium (or Zn-Br2) flow batteries. Furthermore, it seems impossible to use these batteries to power the future wearable and/or implantable electric devices that are close to human body.

In a new type aqueous battery with an organic cathode and a zinc anode, all components of the battery show low toxicity and environmentally friendly nature.

This project is to study on aqueous zinc organic batteries.

For more information on the project’s supervisor, please visit: Dr Chao’s webpage: 

Type of programme: PhD

Person Specification: 

Entry requirements: acceptable first degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science and Engineering. The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1

Funding notes: 

Competition funded. Funding is available for 3 years.

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years.

Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

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