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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Lithium-Sulphur Batteries

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  • Full or part time
    Dr C Lekakou
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted

Project Description

We are advertising for the allocation of PhD studentship on Lithium batteries. This will be in in association with two research programmes, running in parallel on the same topic, funded under the umbrella of the Faraday Institution in UK (Powering Britain’s battery revolution: https://faraday.ac.uk/), under the leadership of Dr Constantina Lekakou at the University of Surrey

Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) batteries hold the promise of becoming the next generation battery technology for automotive and transport applications due to its 3-4 times higher energy density than today’s lithium-ion batteries. Li-S technology is being actively developed by major industry players like Sony and LG Chem as well as technology start-ups such as UK’s Oxis Energy.

A PhD studentship will be in one of the following five areas:
1. Mainly experimental project: Lithium-sulphur batteries with sulphur composite cathodes, where the cathode host will be porous fibre fabrics to be electrospun and activated in the PhD project, in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers from the parallel research programmes.
2. Mainly experimental project: Lithium-sulphur batteries with sulphur composite cathodes, where the cathode host will be large surface area graphene to be produced in the PhD project, in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers from the parallel research programmes.
3. Mainly experimental project: Lithium-sulphur batteries with sulphur composite cathodes, where the cathode host will be large surface area graphene with functional groups to control the polysulphides. Cathode host to be produced in the PhD project, in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers from the parallel research programmes.
4. Simulations at molecular level (DFT simulations) and microkinetics in lithium-sulphur batteries, in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers from the parallel research programmes.
5. Modelling and simulations of the electrochemical processes and the degradation of lithium-sulphur batteries, in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers from the parallel research programmes.

Entry requirements:
A relevant degree, first degree (first or upper second class) or MSc, in engineering, physics or chemistry. Non-native speakers of English who did not study in an English-speaking country will be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, or other equivalent proof of qualification in English language.

How to apply:
Applicants are required to send a cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications with regards to the project and requirements above, a CV, and the names and contact details of two referees. All communications should be made to Dr Constantina Lekakou at: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship will cover fees (at home fees rate) and living costs (at normal EPSRC stipend). Applications from overseas students will be considered but such students will have to pay one their own the difference between overseas fees and home fees (as the studentship covers home fees only).



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