Applications are welcomed for a PhD position available in our group to work on new materials for energy storage. The project involves developing a range of nanostructured electrodes and new solid electrolytes for use in lithium ion batteries. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Eddie Cussen at the University of Strathclyde. The position covers the fees and stipend of a UK or EU applicants. Please email Serena directly if you are interested in this position (email@example.com).
The growth in use of portable electronic devices has been significantly facilitated by the development of lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries. Currently, these power sources use liquid polymer electrolytes which allow for the transfer of Li-ions between solid-state electrodes, whilst minimal electronic conductivity drives electrons through an external circuit. The flammable and toxic nature of many of these polymers provides a large driving force for the replacement of these components with a chemically inert, mechanically stable solid-state electrolyte. In the last decade, Li-containing garnets have been identified as candidate materials that combine high ionic conductivities of up to 10-4 S cm-1 with electrochemical stability in solid-state battery operation. This project will develop a series of solid-state rechargeable Li-ion batteries using fast-ion conducting garnets as electrolytes and nanostructured high voltage cathodes. The synthetic routes we will employ include (i) solid-state synthesis, (ii) solvothermal synthesis and (iii) microwave synthesis, all of which are available in our labs (Glasgow and Strathclyde). The structural and physical properties of our products will be fully investigated. In particular, we use X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and electrochemical measurements and we often use central facilities, such as the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron and Muon facility.
The successful applicant should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in the UK/EU, or equivalent qualification, in chemistry, materials science or a closely related subject. The funding associated with this position covers the fees of a UK or EU student. The candidate should be highly motivated. Previous experience with diffraction would be an advantage, though not a necessity.
Any interested potential candidates are more than welcome to get in touch with Dr. Serena Corr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Eddie Cussen (email@example.com) to find out more about the project. Also, please check out our webpage to see more about the research we are doing on functional nanomaterials (https://corrgroupglasgow.wordpress.com/)