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Developing sustainable cathode materials and electrolytes for Al-ion batteries


   Chemical Engineering

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  Dr A Lahiri  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The project will be related to developing nanomaterials and their graphene-based composites as cathodes for Al-ion batteries and test the battery performance. The project also aims at understanding the battery chemistry using various in situ and ex situ characterisation techniques using which the battery performance can be modified and improved. The student will benefit by exploring a range of characterisation methods as well as develop knowledge in multidisciplinary fields of chemical engineering, chemistry and material science. Besides, opportunities to present their work at national/international conferences and visits to world-leading collaborative academics both in UK and EEA will be gained.

Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. Experience in physical chemistry, batteries and material synthesis is an advantage. In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

Chemical Engineering at Brunel

Research activities within the chemical engineering degree programmes at Brunel cover a wide range of multidisciplinary topics. Academic staff involved investigate diverse future-facing questions relevant to chemical process engineering, bioprocess engineering, materials manufacturing, energy technologies and low carbon economics. We develop innovative processes and products focusing on clean growth, sustainable development, digitalisation and process safety. Besides advancing scientific knowledge, we also aim to work closely with various industries and communities to provide world-class solutions to current and future social challenges. We conduct our research together with various university-level research centres and institutes. We have a world-leading collection of chemical and materials characterisation facilities at our disposal. At the core of your research study will be the relationship with your supervisor. We encourage you to contact the academic with related interests using our supervisor search tool online to discuss your proposal before submitting your application.


Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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