I am working on a PhD in the field of thermal modelling and thermal characterisation of lithium-ion cells for battery electric vehicles and aircraft. My PhD is funded by both Rolls Royce and the EPSRC.
The focus of my PhD is to improve thermal models for lithium ion cells to increase the lifetime of the cells and improve both power and energy density. A focus of this work is on correctly parameterising the models which involves new methods for measuring the thermal conductivity, specific heat and quantifying the heat generation of a cell across its performance envelope.
I was awarded a First in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University Belfast where I was the team leader of the Formula Student team. In my time in the team we achieved two top 10 finishes and won multiple awards.