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Rechargeable Lithium-Air batteries with multicomponent cathodes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

There is an increasing interest in lithium-air batteries as a potential energy source for powering electric vehicles due to its high theoretical energy density, which approaches that of gasoline. Unfortunately, the currently available rechargeable lithium-air batteries face several challenges, such as poor cyclability and low energy efficiency. It is believed that most of these challenges are related to the sluggish kinetics of the cathodic reactions; oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER).

This exciting PhD project will look at designing new electrocatalyst that can enhance the rate of both OER and ORR reaction for lithium-air battery cathode. The project will develop new fabrication methods and will also involve extensive material and device level characterisation that can help in understanding the performance of the batteries. The student will benefit from training in core practical techniques in nanomaterials synthesis and electrochemical characterisation.

The student will be joining a vibrant and fast-growing research group. The studentship is a part of the newly established Bournemouth University-Northeastern University centre for advanced materials research. Both institutes will jointly supervise the student, but the PhD work will be conducted at the advanced materials lab at Bournemouth University. The student will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available, including brand new chemistry and energy-materials labs.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

The ideal candidate would have or expect to have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related discipline. A background in materials or electrochemistry would be advantageous.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.
Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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