Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: solid-state batteries

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 26 May 2022

Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship: Development of ionically conducting inorganic binders for solid-state batteries

Funding providers: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Subject areas: Electrochemical Energy storage, Batteries

Project start date:

  • 1 July 2022

Project supervisors: Dr Anji Reddy Munnangi (Swansea University, UK)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Materials Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

This is an excellent opportunity to work on next-generation solid-state batteries. This PhD work will focus on the development of ionically conducting inorganic binders for solid-state batteries. Binders are used (generally PVDF) in the conventional roll-to-roll (RTR) process to fabricate non-aqueous batteries. These binders facilitate the coating of the electrode layer on the desired substrate and enable RTR processing. Besides, these binders hold active material conductive additives together with the substrate during the battery's cycling by buffering the volume changes occurring in the electrode materials during the charge/discharge process. However, binders like PVDF are ionic insulators unless filled with LEs. The use of LEs is not desired in SSBs, considering the flammability and low thermal stability of the LEs. Devising ionically conducting and thermally stable inorganic binders might solve this issue without scarifying thermal stability. Currently, our group is developing ionically conducting inorganic polymer binders to replace PVDF in batteries (manuscript under preparation). This PhD will focus on developing these binders and the design and development of such binders suitable for solid-state batteries.

At Swansea University, the PhD will be developed within the Energy Storage group, part of the newly created Centre of Excellence ‘CAPTURE’ at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. CAPTURE (Circular Applications To Utilise and Retain Energy) is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to developing a circular approach to the manufacture and management of energy storage solutions.

Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only.

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Benefits

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609.

Additional research expenses will also be available.

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