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PhD role 2023: Development of the Mg battery

Chemistry

Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Thursday 18 May 2023
Reference:  SCI2155

Supervised by Dr Graham Newton, Dr Lee Johnson, Dr Darren Walsh

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to work with our Magnesium battery team and with our industrial collaborators. The Mg electrode has almost twice the volumetric capacity of metallic Li and a five-fold increase compared to today’s graphite electrodes. The battery could also provide cost and sustainability advantages over Li-ion due to the natural abundance of Mg. The candidate will work within the Nottingham Applied Materials and Interfaces Group at the University of Nottingham. Our research focuses on understanding the chemistry that underpins advanced energy systems and how this knowledge can be used to unlock a new generation of energy storage technologies for electrification of the automotive sector. The target is to enable alternative, sustainable technologies that can supersede the lithium-ion battery and the group maintains active research programmes in lithium-ion batteries, magnesium batteries, lithium-air batteries and lithium-sulfur batteries. Our approach to address these challenges spans synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry and device development and is delivered in collaboration with leading stakeholders in the energy storage sector. 

The role will start in the academic year 2023/2024 and will seek to development a new class of electrolytes to enable the Mg battery. The role will combine organic synthesis, electrochemistry and in situ analysis of the chemical reactions that underpin these new technologies. The applicant will gain an expertise in battery development and electrochemistry, which are vital for many of the UKs emerging industries. 

Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree at Masters level in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or a relevant discipline, or an equivalent overseas degree (a 2:1 degree can be considered). 

To apply, please email Dr Lee Johnson (lee.johnson@nottingham.ac.uk).

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