Advanced materials for future rechargeable battery technologies

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Joseph Fernando
Research Associate
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Dmitri Golberg
Professor & Australian Laureate Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Rechargeable batteries are used as energy sources for many devices, including electric vehicles, mobile phones and portable computers.

Since today’s world is becoming more dependent on portable and wearable IT equipment, there is a huge demand for the rapid development of rechargeable battery technologies with a long cycle life and low environmental pollution.

Moreover, the depletion of fossil fuels has drawn significant attention to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and tidal. These energy sources are seasonal and require high capacity and high power density energy storage systems in order to be reliable for application in devices.

Therefore, development of safe and cost effective rechargeable battery materials is an all-important task for researchers.

Research activities

This PhD research project will be conducted within the research group led by leading materials scientist and Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Dmitri Golberg.

Some of the research activities include:

  • designing and synthesising materials-suitable rechargeable battery technologies (lithium ion battery, aluminum ion battery, etc.)
  • fabricating batteries and evaluating battery-cycling performance using electrochemical characterization techniques
  • using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to study the morphological and electronic properties of battery materials
  • using other techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), for characterisation of materials
  • writing research articles for publishing in high tier journals
  • presenting your research work at international conferences.


As a result of this project we expect to:

  • demonstrate the practicability of potential materials in future rechargeable batteries
  • establish insights into the true structure-physical property relationship of a given material and detail its viability in advanced technologies.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project we expect you to have the following skills and experiences:

  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science qualification within chemistry, physics or materials science
  • experience in a research environment
    • research experience is not required for "Honours" and "Master of Philosophy" applicants
  • good communication skills, both orally and in writing.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



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