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PhD Studentship - In-situ reaction mechanism and material speciation determination in operational batteries

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1250620DA

Supervisor:                 Dr Richard Wills

Co-supervisor             Prof Andrew Cruden, Prof Martin-Owen Jones

Project description

Aluminum-ion (Al-ion) batteries, offer lower cost more abundant electrode materials, higher thermal stability and higher theoretical energy density than lithium-ion batteries. Al-ion batteries are not yet well characterized, with only a few publications, mainly focusing on individual electrodes. Using an aqueous electrolyte offers cost, recycling and chemical handling advantages over other proposed Al-ion chemistries and conventional Li-ion batteries. This PhD will involve the development of test rigs for in-situ battery analysis at ISIS neutron diffraction facilities along with interpretation of experimental data to elucidate the reaction mechanism for the aqueous Al-ion battery system.

This PhD project will be funded jointly by the Faraday Institute and STFC.  The Faraday Institution Cluster PhD students receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 (plus London weighting) plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations. 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Richard Wills, Energy Technology research group, Email: rgaw@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7615

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition for UK Students 

This PhD project will be funded jointly by the Faraday Institute and STFC.  The Faraday Institution Cluster PhD students receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 (plus London weighting) plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Richard Wills under the Topic or Field of Research.

Applications should include

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

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