Phd Roles 2019: Development Of Next Generation Batteries University of Nottingham Department of Chemistry United Kingdom

Phd Roles 2019: Development Of Next Generation Batteries

Closing Date
Sunday, 30th June 2019

Supervised by Dr Lee Johnson


Our research focuses on understanding the chemistry that underpins advanced batteries and how this knowledge can be used to unlock a new generation of energy storage technologies for electrification of the automotive sector. The target is to enable alternative, sustainable technologies that can supersede the lithium-ion battery. Our approach to address these challenges combines materials chemistry and electrochemistry and is delivered in collaboration with leading stakeholders in the energy storage sector. Roles are available in the following research areas:


Development of the magnesium and sodium batteries: It is anticipated that lithium supply will be a factor limiting growth of battery manufacturing capacity. There is a need to develop alternative battery technologies based on abundant and widely available alkali metals, such as Na and Mg.


Developing of the lithium-air battery: Lithium-air batteries, where the redox reactions take place on oxygen, are an alternative and potentially sustainable technology that could offer twice the performance of today’s lithium-ion batteries. Realising this new battery requires reversible and efficient cycling at the positive electrode of the battery. 


The influence of electrolyte ageing in lithium-ion batteries: The impact of ageing electrolyte, due to metal leeching, redox reactions and depletion of active components is a key factor in the failure of today’s lithium-ion batteries. Here we identify and understand electrolyte ageing mechanisms and determine the influence on the cell performance. 


Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree at Masters level in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or a relevant discipline, or an equivalent overseas degree (a 2:1 degree can be considered). 


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