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PhD Scholarship: Discovery of New Materials for Rechargeable Batteries

School of Engineering, University of Warwick

Application deadline: Open subject to the position being filled – apply now.
The Award: Maintenance (currently £14,057) and tuition fees
Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)
Lead Supervisor: Professor Shanwen Tao

The project: 

The aim of this PhD studentship is to exploit the research area of new materials for rechargeable batteries. To tackle the problem associated with energy and climate change when more and more renewable energy is integrated to the existing energy generation system. Due to the intermittence nature of some renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and wave, it is desired to have an efficient and economically viable energy storage system. Rechargeable batteries are efficient devices for renewable energy storage.

The conventional lithium ion battery is not suitable for large scale energy due to the cost and other issues such as safety. Therefore new rechargeable batteries are required to sort out the problem. The key challenges for the new rechargeable batteries are the cost, safety, capacity and recyclability which are closely related to both electrolyte and electrode materials. During the PhD study, you will develop new materials for use in new rechargeable batteries for renewable energy storage. Previous experience in rechargeable batteries is welcome but not desired.

Training: This is an exciting cross-disciplinary subject and you will be trained in electrochemistry, materials chemistry and solid state chemistry. The candidate will receive extensive training in materials chemistry, electrochemistry and will acquire extra skills and experience through close liaison with industry. This will provide outstanding access to training, facilities and expertise. In addition, s/he will have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and significantly enhance his/her future employability. The knowledge and skills developed will provide the candidate with a solid foundation for his/her future academic or industrial career.

Qualifications and eligibility:

We are looking for creative and highly motivated applicants with First or Upper Second degree (or EU equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineer or materials science with good English communication skills. Overseas candidates can apply but you need to cover the difference in fees between home and overseas candidates.

Funding Details:

The Scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £14,700) and cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for 3 years. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply but you need to cover the difference in fees between home and overseas candidates.

 How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter outlining motivation and suitability for this project, and a full CV with the names of two referees to Professor Shanwen Tao ( The closing date is the 31th of July 2017, but may close earlier if a good candidate has been identified therefore early applications are encouraged.

For further information you can contact Professor Shanwen Tao by email:

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award. To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship TAO17.

Application Form Course Details:

Department: School of Engineering
Course Type: Research
Course: Engineering (PhD)


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