PhD Scholarship in solid-state ion conductors for next-generation batteries
This Research-only PhD is directed towards designing, synthesising, and characterising new ionic conductors to be used as solid-state electrolytes in next-generation batteries. New boron-based inorganic compounds will be synthesised by wet-chemical approaches under inert gas conditions (Schlenk techniques). i.e. MgB10H10 and ZnB12H12. A large part of the research will involve chemical synthesis so a strong background in chemistry is required.
The materials will be characterised to determine their crystal structure, material properties, and ion conductivity. The PhD will be conducted within the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (FETI) at Curtin University, which is equipped with an array of world-class research equipment and facilities. You will specialise in materials chemistry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and other characterisation techniques. A 6-month visit to an overseas laboratory will be strongly encouraged during the PhD.
A high-level of spoken and written English is expected.
It is required to have research experience, ideally in inorganic chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline.
It is desirable to have experience working in inorganic chemistry, particularly with Schlenk techniques.
It is desirable to have some experience with X-ray diffraction, particularly with crystal structure solution.
It is desirable to have some experience with battery materials or energy storage materials.
It is desirable to have a Master degree, particularly in inorganic chemistry or a related discipline.
$26,682.00 AUD per year tax-free for 3 years as personal income. The university fees will also be waved.