University of Sheffield
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship based in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) both at the University of Sheffield. The project, entitled ‘Prospective cost and environmental sustainability modelling for battery innovation’ focuses on an area which is generating a lot of interest from industry and academia.
Batteries play a vital role in facilitating a net-zero emission world. It is an indispensable technology for decarbonising the transport sector and enhancing grid flexibility with the rise of variable renewable energy. However, there exist substantial environmental concerns and social risks throughout the processes of raw material extraction, refining, battery manufacturing and end-of-life.
This PhD project is dedicated to revolutionising battery technology and shaping a sustainable, circular, low-carbon, and highly efficient electric vehicle future. This project will explore various types of batteries, including lithium-ion, lithium-sulphur, and solid-state batteries to provide vital insights into interventions and innovative solutions that minimise environmental impact and cost implications. This project involves developing comprehensive models to explore and understand recycling technologies, material and energy flows, battery stock utilization, and evaluating environmental and cost factors throughout the entire lifecycle of batteries. By combining technical analysis with advanced modelling methods and data, the research aims to inform policymakers and businesses, enabling them to make strategic decisions that support the sustainability of the battery supply chain and align with climate change mitigation goals.
We seek candidates who meet the following essential criteria:
● Hold a good honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field such as Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Computer Science.
● Experience in material design/modelling, and a passion for sustainability or demonstrate adaptable skills in these areas.
● Demonstrate proficiency in a software programming language (e.g., Matlab, Python, VBA, etc.) to solve engineering challenges efficiently.
● Exhibit self-motivation, effective time management, and the ability to make informed decisions when faced with challenges.
● Have good attention to detail and the ability to apply it within a meaningful context.
● Have an enduring curiosity and a love of learning.
Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the project supervisors to discuss your interest in and suitability for the project prior to submitting your application.
Please refer to the EPSRC DTP webpage for detailed information about the EPSRC DTP and how to apply.
The award will fund the full (UK or Overseas) tuition fee and and enhanced stipend for 3.5 years totalling £24,000 per annum, as well as a research grant to support costs associated with the project.
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