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EngD in Optimisation of Battery Recycling Processes

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Warwick
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: PhD/EngD Maintenance plus Industry top-up, £17,109 plus annual top up of £3.000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th November 2021
Closes: 11th January 2022

Dr John Low

EngD in Optimisation of Battery Recycling Processes

Project Overview

An Engineering Doctorate (EngD) will be undertaken by a postgraduate student (EngD researcher) at WMG focusing on the optimisation of battery recycling processes. The EngD programme will last for a period of four years and will involve undertaking a Masters’ degree which they must pass in order to progress further. Upon completion, the student must produce a portfolio showcasing his/her innovative work in optimising battery recycling processes carried out during the programme.

The student will split their time between WMG and Recyclus with aim of finding optimal solutions to issues encountered in battery recycling. This will include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Undertaking a market research study to assess the availability of materials from lead acid and lithium ion batteries and potential markets for recycled products.
  • Working at Recyclus site(s), to find optimal operational parameters for common recycling machinery. This may include operation of such machinery and then the subsequent characterisation of material such as (a) Investigating the link between grinding times and lead paste desulphurisation, and (b) Investigation of screening efficiency of lead paste using vibratory/screening machines.
  • Application of commonly available machinery such as Eddy Current Separators and Magnetic Separators to lithium ion battery recycling and subsequent material characterisation.
  • Investigation into post treatment processes such as electrolyte recovery through vacuum drying and analysis.

Essential and desirable criteria

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, material science.

  • Some industrial experience in batter recycling.
  • Skilled in materials characterisation techniques (SEM, XRD, ICP).
  • Battery design knowledge, battery recycling H&S awareness, CAD software.

Stipend:

4 Years

PhD/EngD Maintenance plus Industry top-up, £17,109 plus annual top up of £3.000

Available to UK nationals and Home fees students

Supervisors: Dr John Low

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