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New Directions in Thermal Batteries

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J T S Irvine
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Thermal batteries operate at high temperature and offer exceptional long term stability and very high power for important applications such as ejector seats. Whist the devices have been available for many years, the underlying electrochemistry is not fully understood and is also highly relevant to emerging concepts in novel battery technologies. In this study we seek to explore alternative electrode concepts and to perform detailed in situ and operando studies of potential electrodes.

Over recent years we have developed a strong programme of activity and find growing interest from Environmental, Oil and gas and other industries where reliable power sources are required in addition to the more traditional defence and aerospace industries. There are good opportunities to bring new chemistries forward and to perform some quite radical materials science investigations.

Funding Notes

This position is currently open and we welcome candidates available for early start. Applications are invited from outstanding UK and EU students, who hold a first or upper second-class degree or equivalent. Successful candidates will receive an annual stipend in line with RC-UK rates and payment of their tuition fees. Applicants should be available for interview on selected dates.

Funded by AWE. UK students are preferred but consideration will be given to strong EU candidates


“In-situ thermal battery discharge using NiS2 as a cathode material”. J. Payne, K. Giagloglou, GM. Carins, R. Smith, JTS. Irvine, T. Crouch, JD. Percival, RKB. Gover, R. Comrie. Chem. Electro. Chem. 2017. 4, 1-9

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(joint submission with University of Edinburgh)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 37.30

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