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A 3-year PhD studentship on MXene-based electrodes for Energy Storage

Institute for Materials Discovery

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a 3-year funded PhD studentship on a project supervised by Dr Yohan Dall’Agnese, Lecturer in Energy Storage at the Institute for Materials Discovery (, University College London.


This exciting project aims to design the next generation of electrochemical energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) based on a novel family of nanomaterials called MXenes. MXenes are a large family of two-dimensional transition metal carbides and nitrides, and are promising candidates as electrode materials for energy storage due to their large specific surface area, fast charge storage ability, excellent electronic/ionic conductivity, and high mechanical strength.


The PhD project will focus on the synthesis of novel electrode materials (such as new MXenes’ composition and morphology) and characterisation for a wide range of electrochemical energy storage technologies (such as lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, potassium-ion batteries, magnesium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors).

The successful candidate must have (or expect to obtain) a 1st or strong 2:1 degree in materials science/engineering, chemistry, physics, electrical/chemical engineering and/or a broad range of relevant backgrounds with minimum four years of study at University level. Candidates with a keen interest in new materials development, energy storage, materials characterisations, and lab-based experimental work are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will conduct research in the state-of-the-art Materials Discovery laboratory ( with a well-funded consumables budget and access to a wide range of experimental facilities. This highly interdisciplinary research will involve national and international academic collaborations.

Applications must include a full CV, two referees contact information, research proposal (500 words maximum), and covering letter/email providing information on why you would be suitable for this opportunity and funding. Applications to be sent directly to Dr Yohan Dall’Agnese ().

The project is expected to begin around September 2021. The vacancy will be available until a suitable candidate is found.

Funding Notes

The studentship would cover tuition fees and annual stipend of at least the Research Council minimum (currently £16,609) for eligible UK applicants. International and EU students may also be accepted on a self-funding basis.

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