PhD Studentship - Realising Structural Battery Composites

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Applications are invited for a fully-funded Ph.D. studentship in the Department of Aeronautics. The project is focused on development and demonstration of a multifunctional material that can simultaneously store electrical energy and carry mechanical loads: a structural battery composite. This is part of a collaborative effort between Imperial College London, Chalmers University (Gothenburg) and KTH (Stockholm), and is funded by EOARD (European Office of Aerospace Research and Development).

The position is offered for the duration of 3.5 years, which can start from July 2022 onwards. Funding will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £17k. The funding is available only to either candidates who are UK nationals/residents or from overseas.

Project description

This project focusses on the development and demonstration of a structural battery composite: these devices will allow radical weight savings for any electrically powered structural system, from mobile phones to aircraft. The research undertaken at Imperial College London will focus on scale-up and multifunctional design with structural batteries, with particular focus on optimising current collection, encapsulation and integration of the devices into final components. The research will entail both experimental studies in the Multifunctional Materials Laboratory and Composite Suite in Aeronautics, and also modelling to develop new strategies and multifunctional design tools for adopting structural power in applications that maximise their benefits. The aim of the latter is to address the question: in what ways might we design future multifunctional systems to fully exploit the advantages offered by structural power composites? The post-holder will gain experience in:

  • manufacture and characterisation of the structural battery devices;
  • study into current collection, encapsulation and multicell assembly into final components;
  • development of multifunctional design tools

Further details of the work of the Group and their collaborators can be found at and

Candidate profile

Candidates with a background in Engineering or Physics, or a related discipline, with experience in materials characterisation and/or systems engineering are encouraged to apply.


Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form, following the standard Imperial College application procedure: Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms Lisa Kelly by email at

Deadline for application: 31st May 2022 (or until filled)

Required documents

For further information, interested applicants should sent a CV and a few lines regarding their interest in the position to Prof Emile S Greenhalgh ( and Dr Sang Nguyen (

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