Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research at Swansea University: Characterisation of Batteries

  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • Deadline: March 15, 2019

Start date: October 2019

Supervisors: Dr W Chung and Professor S Margadonna

Sponsoring company: Renishaw plc

Batteries are increasingly important in a wide range of applications, spanning small scale domestic applications, medium-scale applications such as electric cars and large-scale applications i.e. powering buildings.

Research into batteries is increasing. A range of practical materials and approaches to fabrication, aims to increase charging, discharging capability and lifetimes.

This research aims to understand the chemical/structural changes that occur during charging/discharging process, and how these impact lifetimes. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful non-invasive technique to studying the chemical/structural properties of materials and is particularly useful for studying battery materials in situ and in operando, enabling direct study of chemical and structural changes occurring during charging/discharging.

Renishaw plc specialises in industrial metrology and spectroscopy and is one of the world’s premier companies developing and selling Raman spectroscopy systems.

The Research Engineer will:

·        Perform Raman spectroscopy studies in batteries in-operando conditions, and optimise the design of the electrochemical cell for the in-operando Raman studies.

·        Develop understanding of the behaviour of electrode materials and their associated chemical/structural changes during the charging/discharging process.


We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at our website.


The scholarship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 per annum for a period of one year.


Please visit our website for more information.

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