Ph.D. student in Electrochemistry & Multifunctional Carbon Fibres
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science & Engineering
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Carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP) are versatile materials. Our basic idea is to use carbon fibres as electrodes and to carry mechanical loads in a structural battery, and to use a lithium ion conductive polymer electrolyte matrix for lithium ion transport and electrical isolation between the electrodes, and for mechanical transfer of loads between fibres,. Carbon fibres are particularly suitable for this type of multifunctional use as carbon is widely used both as electrodes in lithium-ion batteries and in high-performance carbon fibres. Structural batteries multifunctional facilities are expected to provide significant savings in overall system mass and volume. The approach is relatively new and faces significant scientific challenges in terms of technology, design, materials and applications. For the development of these new multifunctional materials has a multidisciplinary team of scientists with combined expertise in electrochemistry, polymer technology, materials science, physics and mechanics, established over the past few years.
This Ph.D.-project will focus on electrochemical and mechanical characterisation of carbon fibres, structural batteries, design and testing of various structural battery architectures, performance modelling of structural batteries, and design, manufacturing and testing of lab-scale demonstrators. Part of the work will also cover testing and design of additional functionalities that can be utilized in a structural battery; sensing, actuation and energy harvesting. The project is strongly coupled to similar Ph.D.-projects at both the School of Chemical Science and Engineering and School of Engineering Sciences at KTH, and the student will be working closely together them and with a large project team that involves all the supervisors. All doctoral students are expected to learn each other's disciplines and to work together both theoretically and experimentally.
A suitable background for the project is a master of science in chemical engineering, engineering physics (engineering science or a related field. The project is multi-disciplinary and broad technical background is an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English and Swedish are an advantage. The candidate should be highly motivated for doing scientific research and should have well developed analytical and problem solving skills as well as an interest and curiosity for electrochemical applications and multifunctional carbon fibres.
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|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|Contract type||Full time|
|First day of employment||According to agreement|
|Salary||Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement|
|Number of positions||1|
|Last application date||12.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET|