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Energy Materials Projects

Advanced analytical techniques applied to energy materials

Applicants are invited to apply for an Analytical Sciences CDT joint MSc and PhD (1+3 route) focused on the application of advanced analytical techniques to energy materials development. Applicants will have a choice of mini-research projects and PhD projects in the areas of:

  1. Solar cells (Photovoltaics)

Dr Ross Hatton, Chemistry

Professor John Murphy, Engineering

  1. Advanced polymer nanocomposites for energy applications

Dr Chaoying Wan, Warwick Manufacturing Group

  1. Battery materials

Professor Shanwen Tao, Engineering

Dr Melanie Loveridge, Warwick Manufacturing Group

The analytical techniques used and industrial advisor(s) for the project will depend on the specific project/supervisor. Examples of analytical techniques include: small angle x-ray scattering, core level and valence level photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (which is very useful to analyse battery materials), photo-conductance carrier lifetime measurements and photoluminescence imaging differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, gas phase chromatography, NMR, ferroelectric test system.

Examples of industrial advisors for mini-projects include: Oxford Instruments Asylum Research ( and KP Technologies ( (projects with Dr Hatton) and Multi-drive Ltd (projects with Prof Tao) (