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Cathodes for alkali ion batteries

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  • Full or part time
    Dr T Manning
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Lithium ion batteries are playing a key role in the development of electric vehicles, and higher voltage cathodes would increase their range. We target new high voltage cathodes based on iron, and the development of cathodes for sodium and magnesium ion batteries that would be based on more earth-abundant metals and might be cheaper, or superior in demanding application environments. The development of design rules and the evaluation of the materials by applications testing link these two themes in the project, which will give training in both materials discovery, characterisation and battery evaluation.

Postgraduate research opportunities for ambitious candidates with at least a 2i degree in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science. Excellent students from a broad range of backgrounds with a strong interest in new materials are encouraged to apply.
These projects in the research group of Professor Matt Rosseinsky FRS all involve the synthesis and detailed characterisation of new inorganic and hybrid materials: there is the opportunity to combine this with computational work (e.g., Science 2013, 340, 847), and all projects involve working closely with the computational sub-team in the research group. You will work in the new £68M Materials Innovation Factory in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities ( We make extensive use of central X-ray and neutron scattering facilities and have many international and national collaborations covering multiple disciplines with both academic and industrial teams.

EPSRC eligibility
Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website
The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be £14,057 for 2015/16.

The funding for one of these positions (flexibly allocated i.e. not specified by project at this stage) is a University of Liverpool GTA.

GTA eligibility
The award is primarily available to students resident in the UK/EU and will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant of £14,057 for 3.5 years. The studentship includes a commitment to work up to 144 hours per academic year to help with teaching-related activities in modules currently taught in the Department of Chemistry, as assigned by the Head of Department or his representative.

Non-EU nationals are not eligible for these positions and applications from non-EU candidates will not be considered.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry. Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form at Applications should be made as soon as possible and no later than 29th February 2016. Informal enquiries should be addressed to [Email Address Removed].

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