PhD Studentship: Bifunctional air electrodes for rechargeable metal-air batteries

United Kingdom
May 16, 2018
May 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Heteropolyacids (HPAs) are a group of chemicals that have shown promising results as catalysts in a variety of applications. Recent work at the University of Southampton has demonstrated that bifunctional air electrodes utilising HPAs and Ni powder catalyst mixtures can be manufactured. Furthermore, the novel catalyst immobilisation has been successfully tested in functional battery environments. Key advantages of these electrodes include stability to oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) operating potentials, ability to utilise conventional fuel cell electrode manufacturing techniques and a non-precious metal catalyst. This project focuses on the elucidation of the reaction mechanism for ORR and OER and optimization of the air electrode architecture.  

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Richard Wills, Energy Technology research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7615.


Funding and Eligibility

This project is in competition with others for funding; the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded a full studentship. This 3 year studentship covers home-rate tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate, which is £14,777 for 2018/19.

The funding is only available to UK citizens or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship and not mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education. For further guidance on funding, please contact


How to Apply

Click here to apply and select the programme - PhD in Engineering and the Environment. Please enter the title of the PhD Studentship in the application form.

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