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Faraday Institution Cluster PhD Studentship: Higher Harmonics Response Analysis as Diagnostic and Prediction Tool for Battery State of Health

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
23 September 2019 for 4 years.

We are looking for an enthusiastic top class PhD student to be part of the UK battery revolution and work on Li-ion battery degradation project funded by the Faraday institution. The project is multidisciplinary brining practical experimental skills of battery manufacturing and testing (electrochemistry), data analysis, mathematical modelling and machine learning to evaluate the ability of higher harmonics as diagnostic tools for Li-ion batteries electrodes irreversibilities, ageing and prediction tool for their remaining life.

The project aims to improve the understanding of the irreversible processes in batteries by applying large AC current and monitor voltage reposne beyond linearity to study the non-linear processes thourgh Fourier transformation (using higher harmonics analysis).

The Faraday Institution (

Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Mohamed Mamlouk (

Eligibility Criteria:
1st or 2:1 Hons degree in Engineering, Math or Chemistry.

Experience with research, batteries, higher harmonics analysis, machine learning or electrochemistry is desirable.

UK/EU who meet EPSRC studentship eligibility criteria. e.g. EU applicants are only eligible for a full award (fees and stipend) if they have 3 years prior residency in the UK (including for academic study) otherwise they only eligible for partial award which only covers 100% fees at the UK/EU rate (no stipend).

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the community they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8030F in the programme of study section
select PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) – Chemical Engineering as the programme of study
insert the studentship code ENG043 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG043 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 (full award) 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.

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