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Vanadium-Iron Flow Batteries for Storage of Renewable Energy

  • Full or part time
    Dr A Bourke
    Dr R Lynch
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Post summary

A funded full-time PhD research position is available in electrochemical investigation of vanadium-iron flow batteries. These cost-effective, safe, flexible energy storage devices can be used to increase our utilisation of energy from renewable sources for a range of applications: e.g. grid, domestic, commercial and transport. The energy efficiency of batteries is significantly affected by sluggish electrode kinetics. In order to better understand and improve the performance of these batteries, the factors affecting the kinetics of vanadium and iron redox reactions in mixed-electrolyte solutions must be investigated. The research will be focused on the electrochemical characterisation of the electrode kinetics in vanadium-iron flow batteries and on the investigation of the effects of electrochemical treatments of carbon on the electrode kinetics of the redox reactions.

The successful candidate should have a keen interest in electrochemistry, physics and energy. The student will be trained in the relevant techniques required for the characterisation of the electrodes including electrochemistry and microscopy.

Funding Notes

This is a 4 year full-time structured PhD programme

Stipend: €12,000 p/a
Fees: €4,500 p/a
Research costs: €2,000 p/a

For any informal queries, please contact Andrea Bourke by email at

Application procedure

Please download the Research Postgraduate Application Form from the WIT Website and return completed applications to quoting WIT_PhD_2019_011 in the email subject line. Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted.

Any queries relating to the application process should be emailed to


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