Microscopic insights into glassy solid electrolytes

One of the major challenges in the development of solid state batteries (SSBs) is that of dendrite formation and propagation in the solid electrolyte (SE). Some promising SEs have glass or glass-ceramic microstructures, including LiPON and thiophosphates.
The student will combine advanced experiments and machine-learning-driven simulations to explore the synthesis and characterization of solid-glass electrolytes.
This DPhil project would suit a graduate in materials science, chemistry, or a related subject.

Start date: 3rd October 2022.  

This Faraday Institution-funded 4-year DPhil in Materials studentship will provide course fees at the Home/ROI/Islands rate and a stipend of at least £20,000 per year.

Further information about the Faraday Institution (FI) and the training programme for its research students can be found at Faraday Institution and FI Training Programme.  As part of the programme, the successful applicant will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, and other experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations.  

Further information about Oxford’s Department of Materials can found at Oxford Materials .

Candidates with Home, Republic of Ireland or Islands fees status are eligible to apply. Information on fee status can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-and-other-charges .  

Applications will be considered in Oxford University’s 2022 Graduate Recruitment Open Field, on an as received basis.

To apply for this project and studentship, you need to do BOTH of the following:

  1. Complete a Faraday Institution expression of interest form.
  2. Complete the standard Oxford University Application for Graduate Studies.  Further information and an electronic copy of the application form can be found at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

See also the information at Oxford Materials Postgraduate Studies .

Questions concerning the project should be addressed to Professor Mauro Pasta (mauro.pasta@materials.ox.ac.uk)
General enquiries on how to apply should be made to graduate.admissions@materials.ox.ac.uk .  

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)

  • The Department of Materials at Oxford is a diverse community that is fully committed to promoting equality in all activities, including in post-graduate recruitment. We encourage potential applicants to consider the supportive nature of the working environment that we offer.  Find out more about EDI within the University, its MPLS Division and its Department of Materials respectively at: Oxford University EDI,  MPLSD EDI, and Oxford Materials EDI .
  • The Faraday Institution is committed to creating a dynamic and diverse pool of talent for the fields of battery technology and energy storage. For more information see FI EDI .


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