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Development and characterization of new energy materials

Background

There is a clear and urgent need for alternatives to fossil fuel driven power sources to address not only the global dependence on this limited resource, but also to reduce CO2 emission in both stationary and transport applications. The proven technology behind solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and lithium batteries give them huge potential in this respect, provided that key issues can be overcome to make the technology affordable on a global scale. The development of new electrode and electrolyte materials for these devices is therefore a key research target, in which characterisation of the structure-conductivity relationships plays an important role.

Aim

This project will involve both synthesis and the characterisation of new classes of materials for potential application as electrolytes or electrodes in electrochemical power sources such as intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells and lithium batteries. The focus of the characterization studies will be on establishing the local-structure and how it is correlated to electrical behaviour. This will involve techniques such as a.c. impedance spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron diffraction and solid state NMR. Investigations of local structure will be carried out using Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modelling of total X-ray and neutron scattering data. In disordered materials this approach allows for elucidation of both the long-range and short-range structure using a single model. Full training will be given in these methods.

Funding through CONACYT

Eligibility

Applicant requirements are listed on the CONACYT foreign scholarship pages.

International students must provide evidence of proficient English language skills, see our entry requirements page for more information.

Applying

  1. Potential candidates should contact Dr Abrahams by e-mail (i.abrahams@qmul.ac.uk) and submit their CV and a cover letter explaining their eligibility and interest in this project.
  2. Applications to Queen Mary are accepted all year round but we encourage you to contact Dr Abrahams as soon as possible. If he agrees to take your application further you will be required to submit an online application.
  3. If you are successful we will give you an offer on the condition that you are given a funding award from CONACYT.
  4. When you have received a conditional offer from us, you should apply directly to CONACYT.

Funding through Ciência sem Fronteiras

Eligibility

Applicants must be Brazilian nationals and are required to have at least an upper second class degree and a masters degree in chemistry or a programme with a large amount of chemistry from a top university anywhere in the world. For more information visit the Ciência sem Fronteiras eligibility pages.

International students are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English language skills. See our entry requirements page for more information.

Applying

  1. Potential candidates should contact Dr Abrahams by e-mail (i.abrahams@qmul.ac.uk) and submit their CV (including details of two referees) and a cover letter explaining their eligibility and interest in this project.
  2. Applications to Queen Mary and Science without Borders are accepted all year round but we encourage you to contact Dr Abrahams as soon as possible.
  3. If you are successful we will give you an offer on the condition that you are given a funding award from Ciência sem Fronteiras.
  4. When you have received a conditional offer, apply directly to Ciência sem Fronteiras.

Self-funding

If you are interested in self-funding please contact Dr Abrahams by e-mail (i.abrahams@qmul.ac.uk) to discuss your eligibility for this project.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can cover the cost of living expenses and tuition fees for a minimum of 3.5 years.

References

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