PhD Studentship: In-operando detection of gas evolution from lithium batteries

United Kingdom
Jun 19, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
PhD Supervisor: Nuria Garcia-Araez

co supervisor: Phil Bartlett

PhD Description:

Gas evolution is one of the most important causes of battery degradation, and a potential trigger of battery unsafe behaviour, since gas accumulation will deform the battery chasing, build a high internal pressure and potentially short the electrodes inside the battery producing high local temperatures that can cause uncontrolled thermal runaway. Gases trapped within the composite electrodes locally isolate part of the active material, and as a result, the rest of the electrode is forced to work under more stressed conditions, which in turn triggers more degradation reactions concomitant with more gas evolution.Very small amount of gases can produce catastrophic events. This studentship will contribute towards the development of a highly sensitive, mass spectrometry based techniques to detected gases during the operation of lithium batteries.

The studentship is funded by the Faraday Institution program ( ) to train future generations of UK scientists to work in electrochemical storage, and the participants will receive a comprehensive, state-of-the-art training to enhance their research pursuits ( ).

The work will be carried out as part of the Faraday Institution project on battery degradation ( ), a large consortium involving 9 universities and 25 investigators, led by Prof. Clare Grey. The work to be carried out at Southampton will focus on the analysis of gas evolution, building on our previous experience on the fundamental characterization of battery reactions (see, for example, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, pp 1428-1437).

The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK/EU who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree in chemistry or allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Funding will cover fees and an enhanced stipend.

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK/EU applicants

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at

Please ensure you select the academic session 2019-2020 in the academic year field and click on the Research radio button. Enter Chemistry in the search text field.

Please place Dr. Garcia-Araez in the field for proposed supervisor/project

General enquiries should be made to Nuria Garcia-Araez at . Any queries on the application process should be made to

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

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