PhD scholarship in Chemistry – Nanostructuring in soft magnetic composites for electric vehicle charging
A fully funded PhD scholarship in chemistry is available for research into enhancing the magnetic and mechanical properties of intermetallic and metal oxide soft magnetic composite for electric vehicle charging applications. The successful candidate will join the world leading Robinson Research Institute (RRI) at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and Geological Nuclear Science (GNS Science) both at Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
The candidate will undertake material preparation using wet chemistry and arc-discharge. The materials will be characterised and studied by x-ray diffraction, magnetic force microscopy (MFM), SEM, TEM, high magnetic field magnetometer, and physical property measurement system (PPMS). Access to additional resources is available through Prof. Thomas Nann’s group at Victoria University of Wellington and the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
This PhD project is part of a 4 year research programme on ‘Development of robust inductive-power-transfer (IPT) pavement systems for electric vehicles’ which Robinson Research Institute and GNS Science are hosting one of the objectives. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the fundamental understanding of the intrinsic properties that enhances the magnetic permeability plus investigate ways to optimize the mechanical and thermal properties of the soft magnetic composites for inductive power transfer electric vehicle charging pads. There is also the opportunity for the candidate to travel abroad to attend international conferences and work with researchers from other parts of New Zealand.
The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $27,500 per annum, as well as payment of all university tuition fees.
Applicants should have a chemistry degree equivalent to the 4-year BSc (Honours) degree in New Zealand, with 1st class Honours, or an MSc or postgraduate Diploma with high grades. We are seeking a highly motivated person with an excellent academic record, a good understanding of materials chemistry, and able to work well in a team. Candidates should satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at Victoria University and should ensure that they can satisfy the English language requirements.