New Membrane Electrolyte for Flexible Aqueous Zn-ion Batteries
Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)
Duration: Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application deadline: 29th June 2020
Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: September 2020
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This doctoral (PhD) project has been devised and developed by a leading early-career researcher at Coventry University. The Trailblazer Scheme provides doctoral researchers with an innovative and dynamic intellectual space in which to undertake transformative research, whilst fully supported by a team of experienced supervisors.
Flexible batteries are urgently needed for energy storage and portable devices. This project will solve the challenge in renewable energy storage, reduce carbon emission, and support Zero-Carbon Economy.
Lithium-ion batteries are expensive, toxic, highly flammable, consuming globally scarce resources and hard to recycle. Aqueous batteries are safe, cost-effective, environmentally benign and easier to assemble/recycle. Zinc-based aqueous batteries are particularly interesting: Zinc is abundant, stable with high theoretical energy density. Currently, high energy densities cannot be achieved because decomposition of the water in the electrolyte limits operation to a narrow voltage range (< 1.5 V). Recent advances in new electrolytes for new Zinc ion batteries provided an extended voltage window up to 2.1 V, but unfortunately, the required electrolyte is very expensive. This project will develop hydrogel-electrolytes with wider voltage window, lower cost, and higher mechanical strength, to increase battery safety and energy density, enabling higher battery capacity and/or reduced weight and volume. This project will lay the groundwork for further research and commercialisation of stronger, safer, lighter, higher capacity batteries.
Full studentship which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years.
Stipend rates set by UKRI with an annual projected average increase of 1.25% per year.
Training and development
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
- A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average
- The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
- A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)