PhD studentship: In situ Evaluation and Nanoscale Design of Battery Electrodes for Optimized Performance and Lifetime



Supervisors: Professor Mary Ryan and Professor Milo Shaffer

Duration: 42 months

Funding: Tuition fees at the home rate plus a stipend of £17,609 per annum

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship focused on nanoscale battery anode design within the Chemistry and Materials Departments at Imperial College London. Whilst the project will have a fundamental focus, it will contribute to the wider development of energy storage systems. As part of a collaboration with a major international industrial partner, the research will target the development of sodium ion battery systems for grid storage to support the implementation of renewable energies.

The project will focus on fabrication and detailed assessment of optimized architectures for electrodes in sodium ion batteries, based on numerical simulations carried out as part of the wider project. In particular, the PhD program will develop and implement advanced operando characterization tools, based on X-ray, Raman and electron microscopy. It will exploit state-of-the-art equipment available at Imperial, including a brand new suite of atomic resolution instruments specified for electrochemical device studies, and in situ cells available as part of a collaboration with the Diamond Light Source national Facility.

Applicants should have a keen engagement and solid background in materials processing and characterisation and a demonstrated interest in electrochemical energy storage. Experience of air-sensitive chemistry, electrochemical characterisation and advanced characterisation will be an advantage. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours degree or an equivalent degree in Chemistry, Materials, Engineering or a related discipline.

Funding is available for UK citizens and EU citizens who have resided in the UK for the past three years. The studentship is for 3.5 years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £17,609.

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure (

The studentship will be supervised by Prof Mary Ryan and Prof Milo Shaffer as part of a research team involving Prof Magda Titrici, Dr Ajit Panesar and Dr Ifan Stephens. Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to:; Professor Mary Ryan or Professor Milo Shaffer:

To apply, please go to

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to John Murrell by email at

Closing date for applications: Open until filled

Start Date: As soon as possible

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