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PhD position in Binders for 3D printed batteries

   School of Physical Sciences

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Canterbury United Kingdom Electrical Engineering Energy Technologies Materials Science

About the Project

A PhD studentship position is available at the University of Kent to develop state-of-the-art binders for 3D printing of metal-ion batteries. The position offers a challenging project with close collaborations between the School of Physical Sciences (SPS), CPI and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Printed energy storage is a challenge and fits in the on-going research and development on printed flexible electronics. To increase the energy capacity and the need to improve mechanical properties of the electrode materials used in 3D printed batteries new binders need developing, which work as scaffolding in holding the active material in shape. For this reason, we aim to research, synthesise and characterise different materials to support to find solutions that can be used to 3D print a battery used for applications in microelectronic applications, e.g. health monitoring and environmental sensing. Part of the project is planned a secondment at the CPI in Yorkshire, UK.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent's main campus in Canterbury but will collaborate with groups both in the UK and around Europe. The student will be part of the Materials Energy and Electronics (MEE) group in the School of Physical Sciences.

This PhD Studentship is due to start in September, 2021.

Entry requirements and Funding:

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Material Sciences or a related subject. Funding will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home rate


For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Maria Alfredsson at .

How to Apply:

To apply please go to [] / [].

You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references). 

Deadline for applications: Friday 6 August 2021 (midnight)

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