Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Chemistry and Physics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Associate Professor Deepak Dubal
Position
Future Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Hong Duc Pham
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

The demand for energy storage has exponentially increased due to the technological advancements and ongoing transformation of the energy sector.

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) currently outperform other competing technologies. However, various factors impend their further development in large-scale applications, including:

  • limited and unevenly distributed lithium resources
  • high price
  • flammability.

Therefore, exploring next-generation energy-storage systems beyond lithium technology is critical.

While potassium-ion batteries (KIBs) are a promising alternative to LIBs, they suffer from safety issues and structural stability during charge/discharge.

This project aims to develop novel electrode and electrolyte materials for safe, high-energy/power-dense potassium-ion batteries.

Research activities

As part of the research project, you will:

  • synthesise various electrode materials
  • develop liquid and solid electrolytes
  • characterise materials
  • assemble complete KIB cells
  • assess the cells' performance.

Our research group is well-equipped with all the necessary facilities to complete these activities.

Outcomes

Upon concluding this research, we expect to uncover:

  • high-quality results that are published in international journals/conferences
  • direct industrial applications.

Skills and experience

As the ideal candidate, a strong background in chemistry, material science and physics is preferred. Research experience in energy storage is highly desirable.

Scholarships

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

Annual scholarship round

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