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A 3-year PhD studentship in self-standing Cathodes for high-performance Zn-ion batteries

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, July 20, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This position is fully funded by the UCL-A*STAR Collaborative Programme via the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (M3S CDT) at UCL. The student will be registered for a PhD at UCL where he/she will spend year 1 and the first six months of year 4. The second and third years of the PhD will be spent at the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore. The Studentship will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend about £17000 (tax free) pro rata in years 1 and 4. During years 2 and 3, the student will receive a full stipend directly from A*STAR. In addition, A*STAR will provide the student with one-off relocation allowance.
The aim of this project is to initiate the studies of the physical and chemical properties of inorganic self-standing (manganese, vanadium-based nanostructures) electrodes will be thoroughly investigated.
More specifically:
· To develop the different types of self-standing electrode through both wet chemistry and thin film fabrication techniques so that the materials can be adopted in industrial applications.
· The evaluation of the electrochemical properties of the electrodes, and the fabrication of coin cells and pouch cells configuration will be realized. The structure-performance relationship will be uncovered through combined ex-situ and in-situ studies.
· The optimized electrodes can benchmark the best reported capacity electrodes from the literature, also exhibit high performance.

Please contact Prof Parkin () for further details or to express an interest.
Applications will be accepted until 20 July 2020 but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honors or equivalent for undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong interest and self-motivation in the subject, good experimental practice and the ability to think analytically and creatively. Good computer skills, plus good presentation and writing skills in English, are required. Previous research experience in contributing to a collaborative interdisciplinary research environment is highly desirable but not necessary as training will be provided.
Due to funding restrictions, only UK/EU citizens are eligible for this studentship.

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