Project Description: This research project will focus on the synthesis and characterisation of low-cost and high-performing nanomaterials for energy storage. These nanomaterials will significantly improve the efficiency and cycling stability of high-temperature thermal batteries in concentrated solar power (CSP) systems, as to become commercially available. These thermal batteries are predominately cost-effectively produced from industrial waste and natural resources, promoting Green growth and the circular economy. When integrated in CSP systems, renewable electricity can be produced 24/7 meeting the vagarity of grid demand.
Applicant Requirements: Applicants must have at least a honours primary degree and/or master’s degree, or the equivalent, in a chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science discipline. A solid background in inorganic synthesis of nanomaterials and characterisation methods such as X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transition Electron Microscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Small Angle X-ray Scattering is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as meeting the minimum English language requirements of UCD are essential (http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/elr.html).
Application Details: Applicants should send (i) a detailed CV, (ii) a cover letter explaining their interest in the project topic including any relevant background and/or experience and (iii) the names and contact details of 2 academic references to Dr Veronica Sofianos ([email protected]) in a single PDF.
The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years, including a stipend of €18,000 per annum and a research budget to cover any research costs associated with this project. The successful applicant is expected to cover their Tuition Fees.