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Development of chemically safe redox flow batteries

Redox flow batteries conventionally employ toxic and corrosive transition metals such as vanadium. This project will develop neutral aqueous organic redox electrolytes suitable for high performance flow batteries with benign chemical properties in terms of safety, cost and end-of-life recycling.

Number of places

One

Opens

3 March 2021

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a high 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering/science discipline, and must be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. 

Project Details

Redox flow batteries have several advantages for stationary energy storage, which is an essential part of a renewable energy supply system. Conventional flow battery chemistries employ highly toxic and corrosive transition metals such as vanadium, in strongly acidic supporting electrolytes. This adds to the capital cost, especially for recycling at end of life, and makes them unsuitable for deployment in many locations (such as domestic settings) due to environmental risks. This project will develop neutral aqueous organic redox electrolytes suitable for high performance flow batteries with benign chemical properties in terms of safety, cost and end-of-life recycling. Suitable redox active chemicals will be identified and developed to improve solubility, redox kinetics and cycle life; supporting electrolytes and separators will also be investigated, and a demonstration system will be engineered.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

Information about the host department can be found by visiting:

http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/chemicalprocessengineering

http://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/research/chemicalprocessengineering/

Funding Details

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates will be eligible to be considered for a University scholarship.

Contact us

chemeng-pg-admissions@strath.ac.uk

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

How to apply

Apply for this project here – please quote the project title in your application.

During the application you'll be asked for the following information and evidence uploaded to the application:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you are not from a majority English-speaking country as recognised by UKVI
  • two references, one of which must be academic. Please see our guidance on referees
  • funding or scholarship information
  • international students must declare any previous UK study

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

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