UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, UK
Lieu de travail – Royaume-Uni

The University of Warwick and CBMM are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to a PhD in novel battery materials. Project This project is a collaborative project between WMG, Dr Emma Kendrick, the Department of Chemistry, Prof Richard Walton, and partner company CBMM. It will include the investigation of low cost, low temperature synthesis of niobium doped rock-salt type materials as low cost, sustainable and high performing lithium ion cathode materials. The aim is to perform the first systematic study of the hydrothermal route to lithium niobate rock salt materials. The focus will here primarily be on the synthetic chemistry and atomic-scale structural characterisation to prove the identity of the materials before samples are screened for their electrochemical properties in WMG. We are already equipped with the range of reaction vessels needed for synthesis and in the Materials and Analytical Science Building at Warwick with have access to state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and electron microscopy. Further characterisation tools available at Warwick include Raman spectroscopy and solid-state NMR, while access to the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS neutron facility at which we are regularly awarded beamtime, will provide high resolution data to analyse fully the atomic arrangement. Our aim is develop control over both atomic arrangement and crystal size/shape from nanoscale to micron-scale in scalable solution synthesis. The project therefore will encompass aspects of materials synthesis, powder characterisation and advanced atomic-scale structural study and will provide extensive training in modern materials chemistry for the PhD student, as well as high quality specimens for battery testing by the Warwick Manufacturing Group. A promising material will be chosen towards the end of the project for larger batch hydrothermal manufacturing, in the up-scaling facility at WMG (100g) and a prototype Nb-rock salt // graphite cell small single sided pouch demonstrator proof of concept manufactured. Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM) is the world’s premier supplier of niobium and niobium technology. Fully integrated from the mine to the final customized products. CBMM’s mission is sustainable in its essence: expand the use of niobium technology, transforming a natural resource into solutions to build a better world. As part of this CBMM is investigating the incorporation of its niobium products into sustainable batteries. This project is looking at improving lithium ion battery cathode materials via niobium incorporation. Qualifying students an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances and topped up by a contribution from CBMM. The funding is for 3.5 years from 1st April 2018 and will cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses. This position is open to EU and UK students.

Présentation établissement et labo d’accueil

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, UK
Warwick is a campus university with a truly cosmopolitan student community. We earn a consistent place at the uppermost reaches of the UK Higher Education league tables, and are making a positive move up the international tables too. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked us 7th in the UK for research, having 19 departments in the top ten in the UK in their unit of assessment based on outputs. The REF also ranked 87% of our research as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Our reputation for research attracts teachers who are among the very best in their fields. They’re the teachers who are innovating, who are setting the agenda for others to follow. We’ve been named third fastest rising young university in the World by the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit, and the fastest rising university in the UK. Whether you’re a student, lecturer or researcher, our distinct approach will help you follow your ambitions. WMG is one of the largest departments at Warwick and a leading centre for world class management studies. We offer unrivalled postgraduate and professional education programmes that meet business and industry needs and attract high calibre students and executives. The 12 specialist Masters programmes provide far more than just time in the classroom; our strong links with industry enable students to understand in detail what will be expected of them when working in a global economy. Innovative teaching methods enable students to engage actively in their studies; extensive use of case studies and guest lectures from experts from industry, ensure theory and techniques are put into context and provide real-world insight into problems and solutions facing modern businesses. Warwick Chemistry is a thriving, highly collaborative and interdisciplinary unit within a Science Faculty of nine departments. Outward-facing, the department takes a leading role in many interdisciplinary and user-oriented activities, ranking 7th among the Russell Group universities (National Student Survey 2016). Our research strategy is based on collaboration, drawing on relevant aspects of Warwick’s Global Research Priorities (GRPs) and extensive strategic engagement with industry, while maintaining core disciplinary excellence across our Research Themes. Our community includes 500 undergraduate students, 20 postgraduate taught students, 170 PhD students, 80 postdoctoral researchers, 50 academic staff (including 3 staff joint with Monash), and 40 support staff. In REF 2014 our research was organized into six themes: Analytical Science and Instrumentation, Chemical Biology, Interfaces and Materials, Polymer Chemistry, Synthesis and Catalysis, and Theory and Simulation. We are ranked between 5th and 7th in most UK league tables being 6th for grade point average in the REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework) exercise. We deliver Chemistry undergraduate degree programmes at MChem and BSc level and a suite of MSc programmes which are targeted towards different career goals. Our aim is to deliver excellent research and training in a supportive, enjoyable, and safe environment.

Profil du candidat

Qualifications: Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or physics. Attributes High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking Excellent analytical and reporting skills Excellent communication skills Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team. Enthusiasm for the subject

Date limite de candidature

26/01/2018

Eléments à fournir pour la candidature

For further information please contact e.kendrick@warwick.ac.uk or r.i.walton@warwick.ac.uk and to apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV noting WMG as the host department.

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