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’Biomass derived Graphene Composites for Flexible Lightweight High Energy Density Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices’ Fully funded PhD studentship at StrathclydeCDT C-INSPRE

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Aruna Ivaturi
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The development of low-cost and efficient energy storage devices is a critical component of our sustainable energy future. Electrochemical energy storage systems such as batteries and supercapacitors are the most promising. Among these supercapacitors have received rapidly increasing attention for their applications in energy storage due to their high-power density, rapid charge-discharge and a long lifecycle. Currently, more than 80% of commercial supercapacitors utilize carbon as a primary active electrode material. However, the state-of-the-art supercapacitors use chemically synthesized carbon nanomaterials which are expensive and necessitates toxic chemicals for synthesis. The present project aims to utilize inexpensive biomass feedstock as a promising low-cost, sustainable and green nanoporous carbon material/Graphene composite to fabricate flexible lightweight supercapacitors.
The project will involve
a) Screening and characterisation of biomass derived Graphene composites,
b) Fabrication and optimisation of Flexible lightweight all solid-state supercapacitors,
d) Exploring integration with indoor light harvesting Ultra lightweight Perovskite Solar Cells (being developed in another project in the SMaRDT Group)

We are looking for highly motivated individuals to join our exciting new interdisciplinary PhD programme as part of University of Strathclyde’s Centre of Doctoral training C-INSPRE ‘Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy’.

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honors degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK, in Material Science/Chemistry/Physics/ a relevant Engineering degree. Independent, self-motivation, good team spirit, and excellent communication skills are important assets of the successful candidate. The standard criteria for PG recruitment at University of Strathclyde (including a valid IELTS score) also applies.

Successful candidate will work in the ‘Smart Materials Research and Device Technology’ (SMaRDT) Group of Dr. Aruna Ivaturi in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry and will engage with all four faculties of the University of Strathclyde during the project. As a part of the C-INSPRE cohort, the successful candidate will
- Engage with all four faculties of the University of Strathclyde (Science, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, & Business School) in diverse and meaningful training in all facets of sustainable energy
- Train in the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of science and technology to industry and government standards
- Get hands-on cross-training via secondments to a different faculty (Science/Engineering to Business/HASS and vice versa) and relevant industry
- Engage in intra and extramural knowledge exchange activities e.g. colloquia, workshops, and field trips to a wide range of industries and institutions relevant to renewable energy, energy policy, and environmental impact
As a University of Strathclyde PhD student, the successful candidate will also have access to the Strathclyde Researcher Development programme (PGCert) offering you courses for personal development as a research professional.

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Aruna Ivaturi ([Email Address Removed]). All applications must be submitted via email to Dr. Aruna Ivaturi as a single pdf file and should include the following:
1) A cover letter explaining your interest and fit to the project (max 1 page)
2) A CV (2-3 pages).
3) Two references (including email addresses).
4) A copy of academic transcripts.

All the shortlisted applicants will be interviewed after the application submission deadline and will be informed of the outcome by 15th Aug 2019.

Funding Notes

This studentship will cover international tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend for three years. This studentship is co-funded by GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) and hence students especially from ODA countries are strongly encouraged to apply.



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