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Developing manufacturing strategies to deliver high performance cathode materials utilising recycled materials


Project Description

A fully funded 4-year Faraday Institution studentship (PhD) is available in the School of Chemistry, at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Prof Peter Slater, Dr. Paul Anderson, and Prof Emma Kendrick.

This PhD project will develop strategies for the manufacture of high performance Li ion battery cathode materials utilising materials recovered from end of life batteries. A combination of XRD, SEM, XRF, thermal analysis, electrochemical analysis will be employed in the characterisation of these materials.
This PhD forms part of a large interdisciplinary project, Recycling of Li-Ion Batteries (ReLIB), funded by the Faraday Institution, a new £42 million initiative to accelerate the electric vehicle revolution by overcoming the related battery challenges. This project brings together researchers from seven universities across the UK in order to facilitate a circular economy in lithium ion batteries, tackling the most demanding technical challenges in sensing, gateway testing, sorting, re-use and recycling.

The Faraday Institution Cluster PhD students receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000, plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations.

The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 on an anti-discrimination ethos accepting men and women on an equal basis. Today, as a community of over 150 nationalities in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, we remain committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Qualifications:
The candidate will have or expect at least a II(i) Undergraduate honours degree or Masters degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Materials Science. A background in solid-state materials or electrochemistry would be advantageous.

Applications must be made through the university’s on-line application system [https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/chemistry/chemistry-phd.aspx#CourseDetailsTab], please provide a cover letter summarising your research interests and suitability for the position; the contact details of two people able to provide a letter of reference; and a full curriculum vitae. Please also send these details directly to Prof. Slater ().

Funding Notes

Funding is awarded on competitive basis, is only available to UK/EU nationals and it will cover tuition fees and living stipend (approximately £20,000 tax-free per annum) for 4 years.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.00

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