Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PhD Scholarship in solid-state ion conductors for next-generation batteries

This Research-only PhD is directed towards designing, synthesising, and characterising new ionic conductors to be used as solid-state electrolytes in next-generation batteries. New boron-based inorganic compounds will be synthesised by wet-chemical approaches under inert gas conditions (Schlenk techniques). i.e. MgB10H10 and ZnB12H12. The materials will be characterised to determine their crystal structure, material properties, and ion conductivity. The PhD will be conducted within the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (FETI) at Curtin University, which is equipped with an array of world-class research equipment and facilities. You will specialise in materials chemistry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and other characterisation techniques. A 6-month visit to an overseas laboratory will be strongly encouraged during the PhD.

Student type
  • Future Students
  • Science
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research
Non-gender specific
  • International students
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded

$26,682.00 AUD per year tax-free for 3 years, with the possibility for top-up scholarships.

Eligible courses
Higher Degree by Research Only

Eligibility criteria
A high-level of spoken and written English is expected.
It is required to have research experience, ideally in inorganic chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline.
It is desirable to have experience working in inorganic chemistry, particularly with Schlenk techniques.
It is desirable to have some experience with X-ray diffraction, particularly with crystal structure solution.
It is desirable to have some experience with battery materials or energy storage materials.
It is desirable to have a Master degree, particularly in inorganic chemistry or a related discipline.
Applications open: 17/03/2017
Applications close: 28/04/2017

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