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Sodium-ion Capacitors for High Power Energy Storage

Institute for Future Transport and Cities

About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in partnership with Deakin University in high power Na-ion capacitors for next generation energy storage.

Global efforts to mitigate and limit the impact of climate change and to move to an environmentally sustainable future necessitate the development of new and improved energy storage technologies. Hybrid supercapacitors are novel, promising devices which strive to combine attractive features of both batteries (energy density) and supercapacitor (high rate/power performance). Much work has been done on developing the Li ion capacitor but new sodium- based systems could offer advantages in cost and safety, whilst maintaining other features.

This project has the aim of developing carbon and titanate materials for use in new and novel sodium ion capacitors, moving from the small lab scale through to full prototype devices. Sodium titanates show much potential as electrodes, but are generally hampered by low electronic conductivity. The project will look to address this through materials synthesis considerations such as nanostructuring and doping with transition metal elements, and also through the development of hierarchical particle structures incorporating frameworks such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. The project offers a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding across all aspects of device development, from fundamental materials synthesis, characterisation and electrochemistry through to prototype development and manufacture using the full capabilities of Coventry University’s new Cell Prototyping laboratory.

This project is offered as part of a collaborative cotutelle program between Coventry and Deakin University (Australia) and the successful candidate will spend 1 year of study at Deakin University and will graduate with a jointly supervised doctoral degree from each institution.

Training and Development]]
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
This project and scholarship are offered as part of a collaborative doctoral co-tutelle program between Coventry and Deakin University (Australia). The successful candidate will spend 1 year at Deakin University and will graduate with a jointly supervised doctoral degree from each institution.

Candidate specification

For further details see:

How to Apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Alexander Roberts ()

To apply on line please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation and a covering letter, including supporting statement indicating how the applicant’s expertise and interests link to the project.

Funding Notes

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)
Deakin Co-tutelle

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