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PhD Studentship: In-operando detection of gas evolution from lithium batteries

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  • Full or part time
    Dr N Garcia-Araez
    Prof P N Bartlett
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Gas evolution is one of the most important causes of battery degradation, and a potential trigger of battery unsafe behaviour, since gas accumulation will deform the battery chasing, build a high internal pressure and potentially short the electrodes inside the battery producing high local temperatures that can cause uncontrolled thermal runaway. Gases trapped within the composite electrodes locally isolate part of the active material, and as a result, the rest of the electrode is forced to work under more stressed conditions, which in turn triggers more degradation reactions concomitant with more gas evolution.Very small amount of gases can produce catastrophic events.
This studentship will contribute towards the development of a highly sensitive, mass spectrometry based techniques to detected gases during the operation of lithium batteries.

The studentship is funded by the Faraday Institution program ( to train future generations of UK scientists to work in electrochemical storage, and the participants will receive a comprehensive, state-of-the-art training to enhance their research pursuits (

The work will be carried out as part of the Faraday Institution project on battery degradation (, a large consortium involving 9 universities and 25 investigators, led by Prof. Clare Grey. The work to be carried out at Southampton will focus on the analysis of gas evolution, building on our previous experience on the fundamental characterization of battery reactions (see, for example, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, pp 1428–1437).

Funding Notes

The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK/EU who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree in chemistry or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and an enhanced stipend.

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK/EU applicants


Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at

Click on the Research radio button, select 2019-20 in the academic year field and enter Chemistry in the search text field. Click ‘search for programme’. Select PhD Chemistry (Full Time).

Please place Dr. Garcia-Araez in the field for proposed supervisor/project

General enquiries should be made to Nuria Garcia-Araez at [email protected] Any queries on the application process should be made to [email protected]

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

The University of Southampton and the School of Chemistry both hold Athena SWAN Silver Awards, reflecting their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and particularly to gender equality.

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