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Chemistry of the lithium-air battery

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Starting in the academic year 2020/2021, a role is available studying the reaction chemistry in the lithium-air battery. The lithium-air battery contains an air breathing cathode at which oxygen is reduced to lithium peroxide and a lithium metal anode. The lack of a heavy transition metal common to lithium-ion batteries means this technology could offer the higher practical specific energy densities of any rechargeable battery. The role will focus on electrochemical and in situ analysis of the chemical reactions that underpin this technology. The applicant will gain an expertise in battery development and electrochemistry, which are vital for many of the UK’s emerging industries.

Research in the Johnson Group is focused on understanding the chemistry that underpins advanced batteries and how this knowledge can be used to unlock a new generation of energy storage technologies for electrification of the automotive sector. The target is to enable alternative, sustainable technologies that can supersede the lithium-ion battery. We are a world leader in development of the lithium-air battery and collaboration closely with colleagues at the University of Oxford (Nature Chemistry 6, 1091–1099 (2014); Nature Materials. 15, 882–888 (2016); Nature Energy 2, 17118 (2017)). Our approach to address these challenges combines materials chemistry and electrochemistry and in situ chemical analysis of battery reactions.

The studentship is funded through the Atoms to Molecules CDT in sustainable chemistry. Students will undertake a 4-year PhD programme, where the first year allows them to build strong background knowledge in their chosen Research Theme as well as to benefit from multi-disciplinary Core training activities including Introduction to Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Skills and Responsible Research and Innovation. https://suschem-nottingham-cdt.ac.uk/

To apply, please email Dr Lee Johnson ().

Funding Notes

Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree at Masters level in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or a relevant discipline, or an equivalent overseas degree (a 2:1 degree can be considered).

How good is research at University of Nottingham in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 42.00

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