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  Sustainable recycling of end-of-life electric vehicle batteries


   School of Chemical Engineering

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project: The age of the electric car is all but upon us. Billions of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are reaching their lifetime along with the widespread application of electric vehicles. Recycling of spent LIBs is urgently needed to address the raised significantly economic, environmental and sustainable concerns. The project aims to develop a green and valuable closed loop process for the recycling of critical metal resources of LIBs – especially nickel, cobalt, manganese and lithium – and reuse them in the design of a new cathode. As a PhD candidate, you will work on designing efficient recycling methods, including new leaching agents, leaching process, separation process, and regeneration methods. You will also be responsible for characterizing these recovered and regenerated materials. The ultimate goal is to develop a sustainable process that allows for the high recovery rate of critical metal resources and regeneration of new battery materials.

Supervisors: The project will be supervised by Dr. Jianfeng Mao and Prof. Zaiping Guo. Dr. Jianfeng Mao is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and has published over 90 papers (60+ as the first or corresponding author) in the leading discipline journals, including J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Sci. Adv., and so on. Professor Zaiping Guo is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Fellow of Australian Academy of Science. She also served as an Associate Editor for Chemical Sciences. She published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, and these publications have been cited >36,000 times with an h-index of 103. Their research focuses on the design and application of electrode and electrolyte materials for energy storage and conversion, including rechargeable batteries, hydrogen storage, fuel cells, and battery recycling.

Facilities: The University of Adelaide has invested multi-millions in new energy storage and in-situ characterisation laboratories. These laboratories have state-of-the-art facilities for materials synthesis, electrochemical testing and analyses e.g. battery charge/discharge testers and electrochemical workstations, and in situ characterizations e.g. in situ Raman and in situ ART-IR. Other facilities are available in the public platform of the School i.e. Raman, FTIR, XRD, EPR, and TGA/TGA-MS. Additional cutting-edge characterization can be conducted in Centre for Advanced Microscopy & Microanalysis. These facilities include FESEM, HRTEM, HADDF-STEM, NMR and XPS.

Student requirements: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with Master Degree in Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mining Engineering or a related field from reputable universities. The candidate will preferably have a Master degree or work experience in mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, batteries.

How to Apply: If you are ready to seize this remarkable opportunity, please submit a comprehensive application including your CV, academic transcripts, and a brief paragraph introducing yourself, your motivation, and your interests to

We look forward to receiving your application.

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