Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Chemistry and Physics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


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


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.


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.


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

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.