Available Postdoc and PhD Positions in the CPE

Postdoctoral Researcher Postions

Dr Kim Jelfs' group (Chemistry Department)

Three Research Associate Positions in Computational Molecular Materials Discovery are available in the group of Dr Kim Jelfs at the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. The positions are part of an ERC-funded grant and will be part of a team working together on the discovery of new materials. One of the PDRAs is focused upon the use of artificial intelligence, one on discovery of porous materials and one on discovery of materials for organic electronics.

For full details, see the links below (the last one is most relevant to plastic electronics):

For further information, please contact Kim: k.jelfs@imperial.ac.uk

PhD Postions

Please note that available PhD (and MRes) positions in the Plastic Electronics CDT are listed on the PE-CDT Projects Available webpages 

PhD in Dr David Payne's group (Materials Department)

Supervised by Dr David Payne (Materials, Imperial College) andProf Martin Heeney (Chemistry, Imperial College)

The projected global market for lithium-ion batteries in 2024 is predicted to be worth $77.42bn/annum, and in response the UK Government recently launched The Faraday Challenge, a £246m investment “to make the UK the go to place for the research, development, manufacture and production of novel battery technologies for both the automotive and the wider relevant sectors”.

Redox-active polymers are a highly attractive choice for an electrode-active material in a lithium-ion battery as they can act as a flexible framework for the insertion and extraction of lithium, with fast kinetics. They are typically low-cost, can be developed from sustainable sources and do not contain materials that could potentially cause environmental harm or geopolitical tension. Despite this promise, the adoption of polymers in LIBs as electrodes (rather than more typically as electrolytes) has been researched with relatively little intensity – in comparison to inorganic counterparts.

This project aims to build upon recent work between our two groups to make a significant breakthrough in polymer-cathode based lithium-ion batteries. A critical question still remains: Can we make a battery with a polymer that has a large enough charge capacity and can be repeatedly cycled? This project will utilise state of the art photoelectron spectroscopy (in conjunction with a a variety of other characterisation techniques such as SEM, NMR and electrochemistry) to determine the chemistry occurring during cycling, and design materials to build into next generation flexible batteries.

This project would particularly suit a chemist, physical chemist or physicist. A strong physical training will be important both to understand the techniques employed, and the chemistry of the polymers and devices studied.

For more information, contact Dr David Payne: d.payne@imperial.ac.uk

Funding confirmed