The University of Queensland in Australia is offering a PhD scholarship on sustainable electrochemical energy storage technology: cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries, in 2019.

Project details:

This project will involve design, preparation, characterisation and testing of innovative electrode nanomaterials for sodium-based energy storage technology. Promising materials will be up-scaled and the performance will be elucidated in a full sodium-ion battery and sodium-ion capacitor configuration. Part of the project will investigate the formation of solid electrolyte interface (SEI) using experimental methods. The PhD candidate will have opportunities to work with world class scientists in the field of energy storage.

Worth of Award

  • This is a Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
  • $27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover is also included in addition to the PhD stipend.
  • There may be a top-up stipend to bring the total to $35,000 per annum for domestic applicants.
  • The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to supplement this stipend with paid casual tutoring.


  • Applicants must hold an honours Class I or IIA degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or materials science, with a strong desire to undertake ground-breaking research in the area of novel materials for electrochemical energy storage applications.
  • The successful applicant is expected to commence the PhD project ASAP, but no later than 1 Jan 2020.
  • Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.
  • Demonstration of research ability through publications in peer-reviewed international journals is desirable.

How to Apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor George Zhao ([email protected]

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • The name and contact details of two referees

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland’s PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School’s website.

Deadline: Applications close on August 12, 2019.


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