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PhD Studentship in Advanced Battery Technologies

UCL - Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: 3 years fees and 3.5 years stipend. £17,983. UK fees - £5692 PA
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd December 2021
Closes: 31st March 2022
 

UCL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology and home to the Electrochemical Innovation Lab. The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is an internationally leading hub for research in electrochemical science and engineering. The EIL’s approach is to embody scientific, engineering and commercial thinking in the research phase. In this way the EIL identifies commercial opportunities early, considers the engineering and commercial implications of the science and builds research programmes to accelerate the science into commercial products. The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking up to 4 students to work on PhD projects related to advanced batteries. The projects will be aligned to the UK’s recent investment in battery technologies through the Faraday Challenge, and will benefit from close interaction with industry. The projects are focused on:

  • Development and Characterisation of metallic electrodes for rechargeable batteries (Contact: Paul Shearing)
  • Understanding of battery degradation using advanced imaging, diffraction and modelling tools (Contact: Rhod Jervis)
  • Development of new architectures for metal-air batteries (Contact: Paul Shearing)
  • Multi-scale modelling of batteries (Contact: Dan Brett)

Li-ion batteries have revolutionised modern life, and will continue to shape the way we live, from advanced batteries for automotive applications, to off grid micro-generation systems to power our homes. In the coming years, the demanding applications proposed for advanced batteries span mW to MW applications, with various requirements to operate under extremes of temperature and pressure. As emerging battery chemistries emerge, the ability to rapidly translate lab discoveries to real-world application is critical. In these projects, we will build upon our extensive experimental and modelling work in characterisation of advanced batteries, contributing to the development of safe, low cost, high durability energy storage aligned with the goals of The Faraday Challenge.

Person specification

Candidates are expected to have or expected to obtain a first degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or associated discipline, proficiency in conducting scientific experiments, prior experimental research experience and commitment to the highest quality research. More requirements can be found in the job description.

Eligibility

Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is funded for UK citizens, however if a student is able to fund the difference between overseas and home fees themselves, overseas candidates may apply. The successful applicant must hold (or soon be expecting to obtain) a 1st, 2:1 (and/or M.Sc.) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline (e.g. chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials) and be a UK citizen (or be able to self-fund overseas fees). The closing date for applications by email is 31st March 2022, however the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Applications should be submitted through: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/adminsys/search/

Please nominate Professor Paul Shearing, Professor Dan Brett, or Dr Rhod Jervis as supervisor depending on your project of interest, and include a cover letter.

For informal enquiries, please contact Mrs Claire Saunders at: claire.saunders@ucl.ac.uk

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