A fully funded 3.5-year PhD studentship in the area of energy storage materials is available in the group of Dr Nuria Tapia-Ruiz at the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University, commencing in October 2019.
The research in our group focuses on understanding fundamental physical and chemical of energy storage materials, with emphasis on metal-ion batteries (Li-ion, Na-ion, K-ion and Zn-ion), to improve their electrochemical performance.
The increasing demand for powerful consumer electronics and stationary storage has driven the development of evermore high-energy density batteries. Among the next generation of batteries, safe and high-energy density batteries based on a solid approach, appear to be the most appealing system. Solid-state batteries (SSBs) offer the advantage of safety when compared to conventional batteries due to the replacement of the flammable organic electrolyte by a stable solid electrolyte. Hybrid solid electrolytes (HSEs) combine synergistically positive aspects of both types of solid electrolytes; these electrolytes will have high ionic conductivity and good interfacial and mechanical properties, as well as fine thermal and electrochemical stabilities and safety.
The PhD student will identify design and characterise the best combinations of ceramics, polymers and additives to produce hybrid solid electrolytes (HSEs) for sodium-ion solid-state batteries (SSBs) that will lead to excellent stability, high conductivity and mechanically robustness. The PhD student will synthesise and characterise a series of HSEs based on Oxide-type and Sulfide-type ceramics and PEO polymers.
During the course of this project, you will be trained in core practical techniques in synthesis, characterization and electrochemical testing, and will have the opportunity to further your knowledge through regular group meetings and seminars. You will have access to brand new facilities and equipment, including a brand-new chemistry laboratory with cutting-edge battery equipment and departmental facilities such as an NMR suite, X-ray suite, AFM and others.
Applicants will hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or 2:1 UK Masters-level or BSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry and practical skills commensurate with the undergraduate degree programme. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in energy storage, enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment, willingness to learn, a collaborative attitude, and will possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
We encourage informal e-mail enquiries before submitting an application to Dr Nuria Tapia-Ruiz ([email protected]
). Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply-for-postgraduate-study/
). Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position may be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for this funded PhD project.
The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University provides a research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each student, and promotes a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Our commitment to these principles is reflected in our recent receipt of an Athena Swan Bronze Award. The Department of Chemistry also operates an informal PhD peer-peer mentor scheme available to all students.