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Redox Flow Battery Materials for Energy Storage

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications from students (only UK/EU nationals due to funding restrictions) are invited for a research studentship at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University of Belfast.
This project offers an exciting opportunity to as part of a team, also with collaborating industrial partners. The 3½ year doctoral studentship will provide a maintenance grant (£14,553 per annum) and cover all approved tuition fees.
The successful candidate will be expected to take up the studentship in September/October 2019.
There is no official closing date however each application will be considered immediately upon submission, so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.

This project is focused on the investigation into increased performance and efficiency of redox flow energy storage batteries by improving their energy density. Improving the energy storage efficiency and sustainability could potentially provide a solution in reducing inevitable costs that will occur through future electrification of both heating and transport systems.
The successful candidate should have an interest in inorganic chemistry, synthesis and electrochemistry. Part of the project will be to synthesise electrolytes and test these in a redox flow model system, and upon finding optimised materials to scale the synthesis up and test the electrolytes in a 1 kW energy storage battery. The student will be trained in all relevant techniques required for the synthesis and characterisation of electrolytes, such as spectroscopic techniques like UV/VIS, IR and Raman, X-ray crystallography and electrochemistry. Furthermore, techniques such as EXAFS (at synchrotron facilities) will be applied.

Funding Notes

We invite applications from potential UK and European students who have a 2.1 or above Bachelor degree in Chemistry or a related discipline. Candidates with a 2.2 honours degree and a suitable MSc may also be considered. An interest in inorganic and materials chemistry is essential.

Applications should be made in the form of a CV (preferably with 2 references) and covering letter sent to Dr Peter Nockemann ().

There is no official closing date however each application will be considered immediately upon submission so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.

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