Li-ion batteries have revolutionised energy storage with applications spanning electronics, electric vehicles, aerospace and grid scale storage; understanding how they perform, degrade and fail is critical, particularly in demanding applications such as automotive. The aim of the PhD project is to utilize high-speed diffraction and high spatial resolution diffraction tomography to understand the degradation processes occurring over extended cycling in novel Li-ion batteries.
You will join ID15A’s team at the ESRF. ID15A is a versatile instrument optimised for the rapid acquisition of multidimensional X-ray diffraction (XRD) data on working chemical reactors, novel batteries and other systems of interest to the chemical and energy sectors .
You will develop methods to rapidly map the chemical and crystallographic changes associated with charge cycling, to identify the role of temperature, current and voltage in driving degradation modes.
Working in partnership with the Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory at UCL and Johnson Matthey, you will proactively translate these new methods to industry, providing new benchmarks to evaluate cathode materials, and understand their operation and degradation behaviour
More details about the application procedure on www.innovaxn.eu/for-students/documents/
The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of University College London and based at the ESRF (Grenoble, France), other than 10-month secondment at Johnson Matthey and at University College London when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.
More details on the InnovaXN programme on www.innovaxn.eu
InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.