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Conducting Binders Enabling High-Capacity Li-ion and Na-ion Battery Cathodes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The laboratory for electrochemically functional materials (Dr. Christian Kuss) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba is searching for a Chemistry graduate student to join our ongoing research in conducting Li- and Na-ion battery binders.

About the project
Lithium and sodium ion batteries are based on solid state materials that can reversibly insert and de-insert (intercalate) lithium and sodium ions. Ground-breaking research into these materials has developed the lithium-ion technology that we know today. In this project, you will investigate the properties of new composite electrodes for lithium and sodium ion batteries that employ electronically conducting polymers. This work will involve the synthesis of intercalation materials and conjugated polymers, their comprehensive characterization, and fabrication of test batteries. Focus of the work will lie on the study of 3D structure – performance relationships, using state-of-the-art microscopic tools, such as synchrotron X-ray nano-tomography and operando transmission electron microscopy.

For more information on projects, applications, and the group, please visit our website at http://kussmaterials.com or contact Dr. Kuss at .


Requirements
• An undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
• A G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher (see http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/569.html and http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/equivalencies.html for conversion details)
• Proven English language proficiency (see http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/139.html)
• Keen interest in electrochemistry and energy applications
• Scientific curiosity and motivation
• Ability to work in a team as well as independently

Application Procedure
Applications should be sent to Christian Kuss () and consist of a cover letter, CV, and copies of your most recent transcripts and English language test certificate. To be fully considered, please submit your application by the deadline of July 15th 2019.

Funding Notes

Stipend
The University of Manitoba Department of Chemistry guarantees an annual stipend of $ 20,000 for M.Sc. students for up to two years and of $ 22,000 for Ph.D. students for up to four years, subject to satisfactory progress in the program and participation in the Teaching Assistantship program. Additional financial support may be available from external awards.

Tuition
Up-to-date information on current tuition fees can be found here: View Website
International students with sufficiently strong academic record (typically a converted G.P.A. greater than 3.7) qualify for a tuition relief scholarship that reduces the international fees to the domestic level.

References

http://kussmaterials.com

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