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Conducting Binders Enabling Thick Composite All-Solid Battery Electrodes

Department of Chemistry

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Dr Christian Kuss Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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 composite solid-state battery electrodes.

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. Recent private and public investment into replacing the liquid electrolyte in these batteries is driven by safety consideration and the promise for much increased energy density by enabling metallic anodes. In this project, you will investigate the properties of new all-solid composite electrodes through the development of conducting binders. Your work will involve advanced three-dimensional imaging of electrodes ex situ and operando and the preparation and testing of electrode performance.

For more information on projects, applications, and the group, please visit our website at or contact Dr. Kuss at [Email Address Removed].

• An undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline
• A G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher (see and for conversion details)
• Proven English language proficiency (see
• 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 ([Email Address Removed]) and consist of a cover letter, CV, and copies of your most recent transcripts and English language test certificate.

Funding Notes

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.

Up-to-date information on current tuition fees can be found here:
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.

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