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Novel Cathodes for Lithium ion Batteries

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A fully funded 4-year studentship (PhD) is available in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Prof Emma Kendrick. This PhD is aligned with an exciting large interdisciplinary project, CATMAT (Cathode Materials), funded by the Faraday Institution, a £42 million initiative to accelerate the electric vehicle revolution by overcoming the related battery challenges. The project brings together researchers from five universities across the UK to develop a new generation of Li-ion cathodes. CATMAT is investigating the fundamental mechanisms at work within next generation cathodes, and is exploiting this new knowledge to inform the discovery of novel cathode materials with enhanced properties. We will identify the most promising new cathode materials, scaling up their synthesis and assimilating them into fully battery cells to demonstrate performance.

This exciting PhD project will investigate the synthesis, manufacturing and full cell testing of these novel cathode materials. In particular we will look at enhancing the stability of high energy density cathodes, through surface coatings of the materials. These coatings can be synthesised in-situ in a battery or via a secondary manufacturing step, prior to making into an electrode. The effect upon the surface, chemical, structural and electrochemical properties of the cathode will be elucidated. The successful candidate will perform synthesis of novel materials and perform secondary coatings, these will then be utilised in electrochemical and structural analysis of the electrode materials. Full cells will be made and a suite of electrochemical and analytical techniques utilised to understand the electrode and cell properties. This PhD project will suit someone who has an enthusiasm and drive for research and is interested in battery and energy storage technologies. Some characterisation experience either materials or electrochemical would be useful but not essential as training and guidance in these techniques will be given.

The candidate will have or expect at least a II(i) Undergraduate honours degree or Masters degree (or equivalent) in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or related discipline. A background in materials or electrochemistry would be advantageous.

Contact for further Information
Informal inquiries may be made to Prof Emma Kendrick ()
Applications must be made through the university’s on-line application system [], please provide a cover letter summarising your research interests and suitability for the position; the contact details of two people able to provide a letter of reference; and a full curriculum vitae. Please also send a copy of your full application to Prof Kendrick directly.

Funding Notes

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, is only available to UK/EU nationals and it will cover tuition fees and living stipend.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?
Metallurgy and Materials

FTE Category A staff submitted: 29.10

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