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  Development of fast-responsive thermochemical sorbent composites for battery thermal management application


   School of Chemical Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

As the world swaps fossil fuel power for emissions-free electrification, batteries are becoming a vital storage tool to facilitate the energy transition. To maintain safe and high-performance operation, batteries need to work ideaelly within a restrictive temperature range (for example for LiBs it is between 20 and 40 °C), as above or below the recommended temperature range can adversely affect their performance and life cycle. Therefore, the proper battery thermal management is necessary to create an efficient and robust system that is adversely affected by internal and ambient temperature variations. Built on the continuous efforts on sorption based thermochemical heat storage research at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES), this project aims to develop novel thermochemical sorbent composites which offers step-change in sorption capacity and fast endothermic/exothermic reactions to be used for battery thermal management. The unique property of the composites will be achieved by the design and in-depth understanding of their chemical bond and microstructure.

During the project, the PhD student will study: (1) preparation and analysis of novel thermochemical composite materials; (2) construction of battery thermal management system; (3) simulation of battery system operating conditions and analysis of changes in thermo-electrochemical characteristics. The experimental work will be processed within the well-equiped BCES labs: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/research/centre-energy-storage/index.aspx

The candidate will also have opportunities to visit oversea collaborators (secondment) and the travel expense will be fully covered by a H2020 RISE project CO-COOL: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101007976 For informal enquires please contact Professor Yongliang Li at . Please include a CV and transcripts in your email.

Degree Requirements: The candidate must have a master degree in one of the following areas: chemistry/chemical engineering/polymer science/ materials science or other related area. Candidates with experiences in experimental laboratory work and a strong interest in new materials development are preferred. Furthermore, the candidate should be ready to meet new challenges and like team working. Fluent English speaking and writing are required. 

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