School of Physics and Astronomy

Advanced characterisation of next generation battery materials

Research Group:Center for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

Number of Students:1

Length of Study in Years: 3.5 Years

Full-time Project: yes

Funding:

The scholarship pays 3.5 years stipend (at UK/EPSRC rates) and tuition fees. It is open to all nationalities.

Project Description:

We have an international PhD scholarship available on the characterisation of next generation battery materials, in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. This project will advance the performance of next generation ion battery electrodes, synthesized and supplied by Deregallera (a UK company), in terms of energy and power density by performing a series of advanced structural and functional characterisation techniques and modelling. It will involve materials synthesis based on proven commercial methods, which are ultimately an upscalable manufacturing technology using low cost precursors.

We will perform advanced characterisation of their pore structure over 5-6 orders magnitude of lengthscales, coupled with electrochemical tests, using multiple in-situ  in-operando characterisation tools and theoretical modelling, to fully understand the mechanism and dynamics of ion intercalation-deintercalation and establish structure-performance relations. This project will use a variety of techniques, such as small and wide angle x-ray scattering, total scattering (x-ray and neutron), in-situ in-operando synchrotron studies, in-situ in-operando Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, as well as a suite of electrochemical and electrical tests.

The deadline for this scholarship is 21st May, with interviews expected to take place in the week commencing 27th May. The scholarship pays 3.5 years stipend (at UK/EPSRC rates) and tuition fees. It is open to all nationalities. The project will be supervised by Prof. Alan Drew (School of Physics and Astronomy) and Dr Ana Sobrido (School of Engineering and Materials Science). For information on the application process, including language requirements, please consult the QMUL website (https://www.qmul.ac.uk/spa/phd/how-to-apply-for-a-phd/).

 

SPA Academics: Alan Drew