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Development of chemically safe redox flow batteries

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Glasgow United Kingdom Applied Chemistry Chemical Engineering Energy Technologies

About the Project

Redox flow batteries have several advantages for stationary energy storage, which is an essential part of a renewable energy supply system. Conventional flow battery chemistries employ highly toxic and corrosive transition metals such as vanadium, in strongly acidic supporting electrolytes. This adds to the capital cost, especially for recycling at end of life, and makes them unsuitable for deployment in many locations (such as domestic settings) due to environmental risks. This project will develop neutral aqueous organic redox electrolytes suitable for high performance flow batteries with benign chemical properties in terms of safety, cost and end-of-life recycling. Suitable redox active chemicals will be identified and developed to improve solubility, redox kinetics and cycle life; supporting electrolytes and separators will also be investigated, and a demonstration system will be engineered.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Funding Notes

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates may be considered for a University scholarship.

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

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