This research aims at discovery and development of novel active materials for next-generation lithium-free batteries. Net-zero economies require high-capacity batteries to enable clean transportation and store renewable energy. Although lithium batteries (e.g. lithium-ion, lithium-air) can store a large amount of energy, their constituent materials are highly hazardous and not sustainable.

A safe and more sustainable alternative is needed for next-generation batteries. Here, the PhD student will screen a large variety of sustainable metal oxides and/or chalcogenides using high-throughput combinatorial vapour deposition techniques to develop understanding of the correlation between materials characteristics and electrochemical charge-discharge capacities.

At a glance

  • Application deadline24 Jul 2024
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date30 Sep 2024
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, Rest of world
  • Reference numberSATM432

Entry requirements

 We are inviting applicants with a First or upper Second Class degree equivalent qualification in an engineering background.


This is a self-funded PhD; open to UK, EU and International applicants.

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How to apply

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For further information please contact Dr Indrat Aria