Sodium-ion Capacitors for High Power Energy Storage

Sodium-ion Capacitors for High Power Energy Storage

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

Duration: Full-Time – three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 10 January 2022

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: May 2022

Please apply at the earliest opportunity as this project will be recruited to as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.

For further details contact: Dr Alexander Roberts


Introduction

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in partnership with Deakin University in high power Na-ion capacitors for next generation energy storage.

Coventry University and Deakin University (Australia) have been running a cotutelle since 2016 with projects now covering a range of areas in Health and Life Sciences, Future Cities, Materials Science, Big Data and Cyber Security. Find out more about Coventry-Deakin cotutelle PhD opportunities.
 

Project details 

Global efforts to mitigate and limit the impact of climate change and to move to an environmentally sustainable future necessitate the development of new and improved energy storage technologies. Hybrid super-capacitors are novel, promising devices which strive to combine attractive features of both batteries (energy density) and super-capacitor (high rate/power performance). Much work has been done on developing the Li ion capacitor but new sodium- based systems could offer advantages in cost and safety, whilst maintaining other features.

This project has the aim of developing carbon and titanate materials for use in new and novel sodium ion capacitors, moving from the small lab scale through to full prototype devices. Sodium titanates show much potential as electrodes, but are generally hampered by low electronic conductivity. The project will look to address this through materials synthesis considerations such as nano-structuring and doping with transition metal elements, and also through the development of hierarchical particle structures incorporating frameworks such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. The project offers a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding across all aspects of device development, from fundamental materials synthesis, characterisation and electrochemistry through to prototype development and manufacture using the full capabilities of Coventry University’s new Cell Prototyping laboratory.

This project is offered as part of a collaborative cotutelle program between Coventry and Deakin University (Australia) and the successful candidate will spend 1 year of study at Deakin University and will graduate with a jointly supervised doctoral degree from each institution.

Funding 

This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and bursary.

Benefits

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. 

This project and scholarship are offered as part of a collaborative doctoral cotutelle program between Coventry and Deakin University (Australia). The successful candidate will spend 1 year at Deakin University and will graduate with a jointly supervised doctoral degree from each institution.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission and scholarship criteria for both Coventry University and Deakin University for entry to the cotutelle programme.

This includes:

  • Minimum UK 1st class 2:1, or GPA of 80% in either an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree.
  • English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
  • Demonstrated research experience through a Master’s degree or equivalent research experience.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within the prescribed period of study.

An overview of the entry requirements for Cotutelle PhD Programmes 

Please note that it is essential that applicants confirm that they are able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).

How to Apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Alexander Roberts.

All applications require full supporting documentation and a covering letter, including supporting statement indicating how the applicant’s expertise and interests link to the project. 

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