CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Materials,
University of Oxford,
Parks Road,
Oxford
OX1 3PH
United Kingdom

 

Department:

Tel +44 (0)1865 273777

Fax +44(0)1865 273789

enquiries@materials.ox.ac.uk

 

http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk

Lab:

Tel +44 (0)1865 212799

alex.robertson@materials.ox.ac.uk

 

 

If you are a student looking for a PhD project, please see below for a description of my available positions. If you are interested and would like more details please contact me and I'd be happy to discuss.

For Post-Docs, I'm afraid I don't have funding available at present, however if you are competitive to apply for some of the individual post-doctoral fellowships available (for instance see here, here, and here) and are looking for a host, please contact me with a CV plus small statement of your interests and we can discuss what would make a good proposal to develop and submit.

PHD PROJECTS AVAILABLE

Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionised the way we think of energy storage, allowing for powerful devices that fit the palm of our hands, and massive battery arrays to supplement intermittent renewables. However there are fundamental limitations; the recent high profile fires that occurred in the Samsung Galaxy Note phones, and the 2013 grounding of the Boeing Dreamliner fleet, both illustrate this. The materials failures that occurred in these batteries risk becoming increasingly prevalent as we push Li-ion batteries to their maximum potential. New battery systems will be needed, such as Na-ion or Li-air, and a more fundamental understanding of the materials degradation mechanisms will be required to prevent failure.

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) permits the characterisation of a material’s structure down to the atomic level, along with its chemical constitution by spectroscopy. TEM has been around for many years, but recent advances have seen the profile of this venerable technique rise dramatically, with a 2017 Nobel Prize awarded for its application to biological systems. Using TEM to aid the understanding of battery chemistry has been historically difficult, as most battery chemistry occurs in solution. However, recent developments now allow for liquid phases to be studied within the TEM, permitting an unprecedented insight into the processes that occur in a battery during operation. The student, working with the world-leading battery and electron microscopy communities within the Materials Department, will harness TEM to understand the fundamental chemical and materials processes that occur in batteries.

If you are interested, please contact me at alex.robertson@materials.ox.ac.uk, and visit the PhD projects page of the Materials Department at 

http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate/newprojects.html

Please also see the Department's own webpage for the latest advertised projects, as well as for details for how to apply, funding routes and so on.

Contact

Department of Materials

Parks Road

Oxford OX1 3PH

+44 (0)1865 212799