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PhD Studentship in modelling lithium-sulfur batteries


Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Dr Monica Marinescu Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of battery science and engineering leading to the award of a PhD degree.

Lithium-sulfur batteries have the potential to provide the step increase in energy density required by many applications. Their development is hindered by the fact that performance improvements at coin cell level often do not translate to similar improvements large cells. This research involves developing insights into the difference between mechanisms limiting the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries at coin and pouch cell level. The end goal is the creation of a bank of knowledge that enables the successful translation of technology, such as in the form of a performance predictor model. The modelling toolset created will also be used to optimise cell design. While focused on modelling, the project will also involve the development of bespoke experimental procedures, and close collaboration with experimental groups in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College and University College London. You would be joining a large group of enthusiastic and passionate researchers at Imperial College, by becoming part of the Electrochemical Science and Engineering Group (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/electrochem-sci-eng).

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person, with an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in energy storage technologies is essential. Good team-working, an inquisitive mind and observational and communication skills are essential. You will have a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree in engineering or sciences, and meet the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/electrochem-sci-eng

For information on how to apply, go to:
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Monica Marinescu, [Email Address Removed]. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae and cover letter to Dr Monica Marinescu. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

The Faraday Institution Cluster PhD researchers receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 (plus London weighting) plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations https://faraday.ac.uk/education-skills/phd-researchers/.

In order to apply for a Faraday Institution PhD position, you need to do both of the following:
1. Complete a Faraday Institution expression of interest form https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9B8V3NB
2. Follow the university application process as per advert.

Closing date: until post filled

Funding Notes

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC via a Faraday Institution Studentship. Please check your suitability at the following web site: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/.
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