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Exploring trirutile materials as a platform for energy storage

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, June 05, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

DSTL PhD Studentship: Exploring trirutile materials as a platform for energy storage

Supervisors: Dr. Donna C. Arnold (Kent) and Professor Olivier Mentré (Lille).

A DSTL funded PhD studentship shared between the Universities of Kent (UK) and Lille (France) is available.

With Global concerns focussed on climate change and limiting our carbon footprints it is important to investigate novel materials and develop new technologies capable of meeting our energy needs. Trirutile materials exhibit the same structural motif as titanium dioxide. When we incorporate multiple cations in these materials we can develop materials which exhibit novel cation ordering and exciting physical properties. This will allow us to develop new materials which may be attractive for large-scale energy storage offering high power densities and fast charge/discharge rates. This studentship looks to investigate trirutile materials with a view to designing novel materials for energy storage. The projects will involve materials synthesis and characterisation using a variety of techniques including structural, electronic and energy storage properties. A strong crystal-chemistry aspect will be part of this work with rutile –based phases the primary target of this research. The successful candidates will be jointly based in the Materials for Energy and Electronic group in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury and the Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide de Lille, RNCNRS at the Université de Lille in Lille (France). The candidate will be expected to spend time at both sites working under the supervision of Dr. Donna Arnold (Kent) and Professor Olivier Mentré (Lille).

This PhD Studentship is due to start September 2020

Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics or a related subject.

How to Apply: To apply please go to []
You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

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Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Donna Arnold at .

Deadline Date for Applications: Friday the 15th of May 2020
Interviews to be held: Week commencing the 25th May 2020

Funding Notes

Funding is offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £15,009; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,327 per annum). These scholarships are available only to UK and French nationals. The University of Kent is committed to the principles of inclusivity and diversity.

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