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PhD Studentship: On the 3D Printing of Beyond Li-Ion Batteries for Wearable Electronics

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Supervisor: Dr Cecilia Mattevi

Duration: 42 months

Eligibility criteria: Open to students with home fee status.

Funding: The studentship is for 3.5 years starting as soon as possible with tuition fees at the home rate and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £18,602 per annum.

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentship focused on the Beyond-Lithium-Ion Batteries for Wearable Electronics within the Materials Department at Imperial College London. The market of wearable technologies is rapidly expanding, providing consumers with new electronic devices such as activity trackers and wearable cameras. To power these systems, new battery technologies and manufacturing methods are needed. 3D Printing allows the manufacturing of structures with arbitrary architectures on small footprint areas on different substrates, including cellulose paper, and textile; providing an ideal manufacturing platform for wearable batteries.

This research project will focus on the manufacturability of a full battery, beyond Lithium-ion, by 3D Printing – Robocasting.

The project will involve inks formulation, 3D printing, and electrochemical characterization of the devices.

Advanced structural characterisation using microscopy and tomography methods will be also utilized to determine the microstructure of the electrode. Device optimization will be implemented. State-of-the-art equipment available in Materials Dpt at Imperial will be utilized in this project including a brand-new suite of instruments for electrochemical device studies at South Kensington and White City Campuses. Applicants should have a keen engagement and solid background in energy storage devices, materials chemistry and materials characterisation. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours degree or an equivalent degree in Materials, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related discipline.

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure. Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Dr. Cecilia Mattevi [email protected].

How to apply:

Any queries regarding the application process please contact: Annalisa Neri, [email protected]

Closing Date: 3rd August 2022

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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