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PhD Scholarship in synthesis of solid-state electrolytes for next generation batteries

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This Research-only PhD is directed towards designing, synthesizing, and characterizing new ionic conductors to be used as solid-state electrolytes in next-generation batteries. New boron-based inorganic compounds will be synthesized by wet-chemical approaches under inert gas conditions (Schlenk techniques). i.e. MgB10H10 and ZnB12H12. The materials will be characterized to determine their crystal structure, material properties, and ion conductivity. The PhD will be conducted within the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (FETI) at Curtin University, which is equipped with an array of world-class research equipment and facilities. The Curtin campus is located in sunny Perth in Western Australia. You will specialize in materials chemistry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and other characterization techniques.

Funding Notes

Scholarship will provide AUD$27,596 per year (tax-free for 3 years) to applicant and course fees will also be waived.

You will ideally have a background in chemistry (Masters level). You will form part of a world-class team of researchers in a group with 5 post doctoral fellows and 5 other PhD students working in energy storage. Early applications are preferred.


The following research articles provide a background into the research:

1. Gradišek, A., et al (2018) ‘Reorientational motion and ionic conductivity in (NH4)2B10H10 and (NH4)2B12H12’, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122 (30), 17073-17079.
2. Hansen, B.R.S., et al (2017) ‘Halogenated sodium-closo-dodecaboranes as solid-state ion conductors’, Chemistry of Materials, 29 (8), 3423-3430.
3. Paskevicius, M., et al (2017) ‘Multifunctionality of Silver closo-Boranes’, Nature Communications, 8, 15136.
4. Hansen, B.R.S., et al (2016) ‘Metal boranes: Progress and applications’, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 323, 60-70.

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