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Particle Processing for Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes


Project Description

This project is an exciting opportunity to apply new particle processing techniques to the manufacture of lithium ion battery electrodes. You will work closely with Nextrode - our Faraday Institution Funded electrode manufacturing project.

Lithium ion battery electrodes are typically formed from a slurry of active and conductive powders, with a polymeric binder added to bind the particles together. This slurry is then formed into a film on a current collector, and dried. The current manufacturing techniques provide little opportunity for obtaining optimal or novel structures.

In this project you will take new particle technology approaches from industries such as pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing, and apply them in new ways in electrochemical devices. This project will provide an excellent opportunity to investigate novel powder processing methods to tailor the microscopic structure of lithium ion battery electrodes, to identify the relationships between electrode structure and function, and to develop scale-up methodology for these techniques. Processing methods to be investigated include agglomeration, powder coating and kneading.

The student will conduct experimental investigations of these processing techniques, and will develop mechanistic understanding. Insights will be used to develop design and scale-up methodology for novel processing technologies for lithium ion battery manufacture. There is also potential to develop new multiscale modelling approaches for lithium ion battery electrode manufacturing techniques.

This project will provide skills which are valuable to many industries, in particular energy storage manufacturing, but also the pharmaceuticals, foods, and consumer products industries.

This project will provide skills which are valuable to many industries, in particular energy storage manufacturing, but also the pharmaceuticals, foods, and consumer products industries.

A successful applicant would have a first or upper second class degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, the Physical Sciences such as Physics or Chemistry, Materials Science, or other related discipline.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.
See: http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang





Funding Notes

The successful student will join a well-established research group with excellent facilities and will be a part of cutting edge research in particulate manufacturing. Opportunities for attendance at both international and national conferences will be provided, and there are prospects to visit other institutions both internationally and nationally. For further details please contact Dr. Rachel Smith directly via

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