The University of Warwick in UK invites applications for a PhD Scholarship in Discovery of New Materials for Rechargeable Batteries for the 2018 academic year.

The aim of this PhD studentship is to exploit the research area of new materials for rechargeable batteries. To tackle the problem associated with energy and climate change when more and more renewable energy is integrated to the existing energy generation system. Due to the intermittence nature of some renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and wave, it is desired to have an efficient and economically viable energy storage system. Rechargeable batteries are efficient devices for renewable energy storage.

The conventional lithium-ion battery is not suitable for large-scale energy due to the cost and other issues such as safety. Therefore new rechargeable batteries are required to sort out the problem. The key challenges for the new rechargeable batteries are the cost, safety, capacity and recyclability which are closely related to both electrolyte and electrode materials. During the PhD study, you will develop new materials for use in new rechargeable batteries for renewable energy storage. Previous experience in rechargeable batteries is

welcome but not desired.
Worth of Award

  • The Scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £14,700) and cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for 3 years.
  • Overseas candidates are welcome to apply but you need to cover the difference in fees between home and overseas candidates.


  • They are looking for creative and highly motivated applicants with First or Upper Second degree (or EU equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineer or materials science with good English communication skills.
  • Overseas candidates can apply but you need to cover the difference in fees between home and overseas candidates.

How to apply

  • Applicants should send a cover letter outlining motivation and suitability for this project, and a full CV with the names of two referees to Professor Shanwen Tao ([email protected]).
  • For further information you can contact Professor Shanwen Tao by email: [email protected]
  • If you are successful at the interview you will be required to fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award.
  • To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship TAO17.

Application Form Course Details:

Department: School of Engineering
Course Type: Research
Course: Engineering (PhD)
Deadline:The closing date is the 31st of July 2018, but may close earlier if a good candidate has been identified therefore early applications are encouraged.

Click here for more details and to apply

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