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Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in Engineering (Energy Storage). Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Advances in energy storage solutions are key for enabling a more sustainable future so that renewable energy generations methods, which are intermittent in their delivery, can replace non-renewable forms of energy. One method by which this can be achieved is by adopting large-scale battery technologies.
Roll-to-roll processing forms the basis of current battery manufacture, such as in the case of Li-on batteries, controlling the deposition of anode and cathode layers. Advances in processing, in terms of both methodology and formulations, would open new opportunities for better performance and adoption of a wider range of electroactive materials including solid state electrolytes. This will be coupled with novel curing techniques that have the potential to greatly reduce processing time and efficiency.
The PhD project will offer the unique opportunity to explore the application of a range of deposition and rapid curing methods for thin film energy storage solutions, so that new electrode and solid electrolyte materials can be formulated, accurately deposited and electrochemically characterised; with new thin film energy systems offering enhanced performance and rapidity of processing.
The PhD will be closely aligned with the current EPSRC project named “A new concept for advanced large-scale energy storage: secondary batteries with seawater as open self-replenishing cathode” [EP/N013727/1]; an ambitious research project aimed at delivering a transformative technology for large-scale energy storage, exploiting a novel technology based on seawater as an open self-replenishing cathode in a hybrid system which is intermediate between a fuel cell and a secondary sodium-ion battery.
The College of Engineering at Swansea University is recognised as being a UK Top 10 Engineering Research University (REF 2014), benefiting from extensive facilities, research in battery technology and long established expertise in thin film processing.
The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017, and will be supervised by Dr Davide Deganello (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/engineering/d.deganello/).
Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in engineering or physical sciences. This studentship is particularly suitable for someone with an interest in energy storage, material processing and/or electrochemistry.
For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/
Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding Notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of approximately £14,562 p.a.
Additional funds will also be available for research expenses.