Johnson Matthey - EPSRC iCASE Studentship: Development of Future Battery Materials using Advanced C

United Kingdom
Jan 05, 2017
Feb 03, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Johnson Matthey - EPSRC iCASE Studentship: Development of Future Battery Materials using Advanced Characterisation Techniques


Location: Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  Friday 03 February 2017

Reference: 823417EB

PhD Supervisor: Dr Peter Wells                                

Proposed Start Date: October 2017

The increasing adoption of battery powered vehicles is leading to cleaner transportation, significantly reducing localised emissions. The increased adoption of Li-ion batteries is being driven by improved battery materials; modern battery technologies have greater energy storage, can be charged more quickly and are more durable.  A key challenge in battery research is to not only identify the starting structures of Li ion battery materials, but how these change when in use.  The structural or chemical changes that occur in materials, on charging and discharging, can be over a dimensional range from nm to µm (and beyond), and over timescales from ms to hours.  The changes that occur not only relate to the demands put on the material during testing but also to the initial composition.

This project will use advanced synchrotron, neutron, and muon techniques applied to lithium battery materials, to understand their key structural properties and Li ion mobility. The results will be related to electrochemical performance and durability to inform design of next generation products.

To make best use of the advanced characterisation techniques demanded by the project it will be based at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH); The RCaH is based on the world-leading Harwell Innovation Campus, which also hosts the UK’s national synchrotron and neutron source.

This project is a unique opportunity to be at the frontier of materials characterisation and demonstrate how it can impact on future energy technologies; funding is for 4 years and requires applicants to have, or soon to obtain, at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and stipend at current research council rates.

Eligibility criteria can be found on the EPSRC website -

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at:

Please ensure you select the academic session 2017-2018 in the academic year field when making your application and click on the Research radio button.  Enter Chemistry in the search text field 

Please place Dr Peter Wells in the field for proposed supervisor/project

General enquiries should be made  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