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PhD Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Nanotechnology
Subject study: Enhanced graphene/metal nanoparticles composites for highly efficient hydrogen fuel cells.
Brief Summary of project The project seeks to develop highly efficient hydrogen fuel cells based on graphene/metal nanoparticles/enzyme composites. Currently, the only high energy output fuel cells manufactured consist of precious metals used at high solid content. This implies highly costing fuel cells. Currently, Perpetuus Carbon Technologies (PCT, the industrial partner of the proposed PhD project) is generating a catalogue for functionalised graphene materials in large quantities. PCT have identified a number of market driven needs for low cost metallised functional graphene materials for use in the automotive and medical sector. The aim of the proposed research will include (i) the ability to generate a number of metallised graphene layers with high efficiency of coverage and batch to batch reproducibility; (ii) the immobilisation and stabilisation of the biofuel enzymes cellobiose dehydrogenase and laccase; (iii) the fabrication of highly reproducible devices delivering optimal active electrode surface and thickness for optimal enhanced performances. The PhD student will be trained in: (i) surface characterisation techniques such as XPS, SEM, FTIR and particle sizing techniques for further incorporation of the particles into screen printing ink; (ii) electrochemical characterisation techniques in order to evaluate a fully working fuel cell.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.
Eligibility Criteria Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree chemistry/physics/engineering or a related subject.
For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II
Funding The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,198 p.a. dependent upon the applicants financial circumstances assessed in section C point 4 in the KESS II participant proposal form.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.
How to Apply Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr. Paolo Bertoncello regarding information on the area of research, particularly via email (email@example.com)
To apply: 1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form
2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Application Form
3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
English Language certificate (if required)
All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal form
Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).
Postdoctoral position at Sorbonne Universités, UPMC
"Coupling of AFM & Raman spectroscopy with electrochemical techniques for advanced diagnosis of Li-Ion Batteries"
Hosting Laboratory: LISE (UMR 8235) at Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Paris 6, CNRS, 4 place Jussieu, Case courrier 133, 75252 Paris cedex 05, Tel: (33) 1 44 27 9615
Principal investigator: Ivan T. LUCAS (UPMC associate professor) Collaborators: Dr. Ozlem SEL, Dr. Hubert PERROT, Dr. Suzanne JOIRET
Project: Young researcher program / French National Research Agency: ANR 2015 "CarLIB"
Understanding of the fundamental processes ruling the operation and failure of Li-ion cells has been and is still mostly achieved by cross-comparison of diagnostic techniques run post mortem on the electrode materials. The proposed project contrasts with the precedent approach by proposing a cutting edge analytical platform to provide unprecedented diagnostic capabilities applied in operando, i.e. during the battery operation and at multiple length and time scales.
Job description: Assessment of the interfacial processes and lithium transport in electrode materials used for LIB application using coupled techniques: vibrational spectroscopy, local probes (SPMs) and advanced electrochemistry techniques derived from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS):
Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)
In operando shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SHINERS)
Candidates profile: Ph.D. in material science or analytical chemistry with strong skills in electrochemistry, hands-on experience with scanning probe microscopy in situ (AFM, STM, SECM), substantial knowledge on Raman spectroscopy and nanoparticle synthesis.
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgement and initiative.
Experience with energy storage materials is an asset, not a requirement.
Oral and written English proficiency, French skills are appreciated.
Excellent communication and organization skills.
Duration: This is a one-year term position renewable for up to two years based on job performance. Net salary: 2060 € per month Starting Date: March 2016 Contacts:firstname.lastname@example.org