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PhD Studentship in Advanced Battery Technologies

Department of Chemical Engineering

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK

Overview

  • Posted on: 10th Jan 2022
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: 1881651
  • Closes: 31st March 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

Vacancy Information

UCL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology and home to the Electrochemical Innovation Lab. The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is an internationally leading hub for research in electrochemical science and engineering. The EILs approach is to embody scientific, engineering and commercial thinking in the research phase. In this way the EIL identifies commercial opportunities early, considers the engineering and commercial implications of the science and builds research programmes to accelerate the science into commercial products.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking up to 4 students to work on PhD projects related to advanced batteries. The projects will be aligned to the UKs recent investment in battery technologies through the Faraday Challenge, and will benefit from close interaction with industry. The projects are focused on: – Development and Characterisation of metallic electrodes for rechargeable batteries – Understanding of battery degradation using advanced imaging, diffraction and modelling tools – Development of new architectures for metal-air batteries – Multi-scale modelling of batteries.

Studentship Description

Li-ion batteries have revolutionised modern life, and will continue to shape the way we live, from advanced batteries for automotive applications, to off grid micro-generation systems to power our homes. In the coming years, the demanding applications proposed for advanced batteries span mW to MW applications, with various requirements to operate under extremes of temperature and pressure. As emerging battery chemistries emerge, the ability to rapidly translate lab discoveries to real-world application is critical. In these projects, we will build upon our extensive experimental and modelling work in characterisation of advanced batteries, contributing to the development of safe, low cost, high durability energy storage aligned with the goals of The Faraday Challenge.

Person Specification

Candidates are expected to have or expected to obtain a first degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or associated discipline, proficiency in conducting scientific experiments, prior experimental research experience and commitment to the highest quality research. More requirements can be found in the job description.

Eligibility

Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is funded for UK citizens, however if a student is able to fund the difference between overseas and home fees themselves, overseas candidates may apply. The successful applicant must hold (or soon be expecting to obtain) a 1st, 2:1 (and/or M.Sc.) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline (e.g. chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials) and be a UK citizen (or be able to self-fund overseas fees). The closing date for applications by email is 31st March 2022, however the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Applications should be submitted through: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/adminsys/search

Please nominate Dr Paul Shearing as supervisor and include a cover letter.

For informal enquiries, please contact Mrs Claire Saunders at: claire.saunders@ucl.ac.uk.

Contact name

Claire Saunders

Contact details

claire.saunders@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date

31 Mar 2022

Latest time for the submission of applications

23:59

Interview date

TBC

Studentship Start Date

26th September 2022

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