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3-year PhD studentship in the high-performance zinc ion batteries

   Institute for Materials Discovery

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  Dr Buddha Deka Boruah  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

UCL Institute for Materials Discovery ( offers a highly motivated candidate to start a fully funded PhD studentship in November 2022. The student will carry out his/her doctoral research at UCL. 

The aim of the project is the development of high-capacity cathode materials for aqueous zinc ion batteries. The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related subjects. Candidates with a keen interest in new materials development and characterisation for zinc ion batteries are encouraged to apply. Key responsibilities of the candidate include the development of advanced cathode materials, structuring of electrodes, advanced electrochemical testing, and in-situ/ex-situ experimental investigation to study an in-depth understanding of the charge storage mechanisms. The candidate will conduct primary research activities in the Institute for Materials Discovery (IMD) with a well-funded consumables budget and access to a wide range of experimental facilities. 

Interested candidates should initially contact the supervisor, Dr. Buddha Deka Boruah at [Email Address Removed], with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in these projects. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Please note that a suitable applicant will be required to complete an MS Form entitled Application for Research: degree Chemistry programme. In addition, it is essential that suitable applicants complete an electronic application form at (please select Research degree: Chemistry programme) prior to the application deadline and advise their referees to submit their references as soon as they possibly can. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for the interview no more than four weeks after the application deadline. 

The interview process will include a short data analysis project and the preparation of a small report to summarise its results. Any admissions queries should be directed to Jane Jones at [Email Address Removed] 

Applications are welcome from UK nationals, EU students with settled/pre-settled status and students with indefinite leave to remain or enter. Please note that the studentship only covers home fees. The updated rules for eligibility for home fees for next year are available at View Website

Applications will be accepted until the application deadline.

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