PhD Studentship: In-operando detection of gas evolution from lithium batteries University of Southampton, School of Chemistry United Kingdom

PhD Studentship: In-operando detection of gas evolution from lithium batteries

School of Chemistry

Location: Highfield Campus

Closing Date: Sunday 01 September 2019

Reference: 1099919EB

PhD Studentship: In-operando detection of gas evolution from lithium batteries


PhD Supervisor: Nuria Garcia-Araez


co supervisor: Phil Bartlett


PhD Description:

Gas evolution is one of the most important causes of battery degradation, and a potential trigger of battery unsafe behaviour, since gas accumulation will deform the battery chasing, build a high internal pressure and potentially short the electrodes inside the battery producing high local temperatures that can cause uncontrolled thermal runaway. Gases trapped within the composite electrodes locally isolate part of the active material, and as a result, the rest of the electrode is forced to work under more stressed conditions, which in turn triggers more degradation reactions concomitant with more gas evolution.Very small amount of gases can produce catastrophic events. This studentship will contribute towards the development of a highly sensitive, mass spectrometry based techniques to detected gases during the operation of lithium batteries.


The studentship is funded by the Faraday Institution program ( to train future generations of UK scientists to work in electrochemical storage, and the participants will receive a comprehensive, state-of-the-art training to enhance their research pursuits (


The work will be carried out as part of the Faraday Institution project on battery degradation (, a large consortium involving 9 universities and 25 investigators, led by Prof. Clare Grey. The work to be carried out at Southampton will focus on the analysis of gas evolution, building on our previous experience on the fundamental characterization of battery reactions (see, for example, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, pp 1428–1437).


The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK/EU who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree in chemistry or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and an enhanced stipend.


Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK/EU applicants


Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at


Please ensure you select the academic session 2019-2020 in the academic year field and click on the Research radio button. Enter Chemistry in the search text field.


Please place Dr. Garcia-Araez in the field for proposed supervisor/project


General enquiries should be made to Nuria Garcia-Araez at Any queries on the application process should be made to


Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

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