PART II RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR CHEMISTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS
The Part II Coordinator is Prof. Keyna O'Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org, int. tel.73743)
For any general enquiries, please contact
Deputy Administrator (Academic)
Department of Materials
Part II Projects for Chemists 2019/20
The following staff member can be contacted either in his/her office or by phone to discuss the following projects:
Oxygen redox chemistry in Li-ion and Na-ion battery electrode materials - Prof. Peter Bruce
Reversible reduction and oxidation of oxide ions in intercalation materials offers an interesting route to increase the energy density of next-generation Li-ion rechargeable batteries. This project will involve synthesis and characterisation of new Li-ion and Na-ion intercalation compounds which will be assembled into batteries and tested to examine their structural and electronic behaviour during operation with the aim of understanding O-redox chemistry in more depth. The student will gain a wide base of knowledge covering battery electrochemistry, solid state structural chemistry and various spectroscopic techniques.
Building the batteries of the future - solid-state synthesis and electrochemical testing of superionic conductors for all-solid-state battery applications - Prof. Peter Bruce
This project will build on the solid-state chemistry and electrochemistry taught in the Part I chemistry course. The successful candidate will synthesise Li/Na ionic conductors, understand and optimise their surface chemistry and then build them into batteries for electrochemical testing. The project will focus on changing variables to improve battery cycling and prevent failure.
Fabrication of 3D printed gas diffusion electrodes for Li-air batteries - Prof. Peter Bruce
Design and fabrication of gas-diffusion electrodes, using state of the art micrometer precision 3D printers. Iterative design optimization process linking structural parameters to the electrochemical performance of the battery.