PhD Studentship in Battery Fire Safety at Imperial College London

About the Project

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of energy storage, leading to the award of a Ph.D. degree. The focus will be on advancing fundamental understanding of thermal and fire hazards of lithium-ion batteries, which will underpin the development of safety control strategies and countermeasures for lithium-ion batteries. The post is supported by full bursary and fees at the UK student rate for ‘home’ students.

Project Description

Lithium-ion batteries play an important role in advancing the electrification of road transport and facilitating a swift transition towards renewable energy sources. Although they are generally stable under normal conditions, lithium-ion batteries are inherently flammable and susceptible to thermal runaway when exposed to abuse or internal defects. As the demand for lithium-ion batteries continues to soar, understanding their thermal and fire hazards throughout their lifecycle has become imperative.

This research aims to contribute fundamental insights into the intricate interplay between battery cycling conditions and thermal and fire hazards. The research will involve the coupling of a cutting-edge battery electrochemical model with an advanced thermal runaway model, which will be parameterised and validated using experimental data. The project outcomes will lay a scientific foundation for enhancing safety of future energy storage systems.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master’s degree or a 4-year undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Materials, Chemistry, Physics or a related field. You are expected to have an enquiring and rigorous approach to research, complemented by a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. A willingness to work on both computations and experiments, with excellent teamwork and communication skills, is essential.

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For further details of the post, please contact Dr Huizhi Wang, [email protected]. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Huizhi Wang. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled