PhD opportunity in Australia

PhD Project: Understanding premature failure of batteries by using in operando magnetic resonance imaging
Supervisors: Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, Dr Luke O’Dell and Prof Maria Forsyth
Location: Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
In this project, in operando magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used to map radical ions diffusing in the electrolyte from the cathode with the final aim of understanding and preventing the premature failure of the battery. This approach will provide insights into the dynamics, speciation and location of such radical species that would be difficult or impossible to obtain using other techniques where averaged information over the entire battery volume is attained. Advanced liquid and solid electrolytes based on ionic liquids will be targeted during this project and parameter such as electrolyte composition and structure of the ionic liquid will be studied during this project. 1H, 19F and 23Na MRI images will be obtained from the electrolytes, providing spatial and time-resolved information that will be correlated with device performance/failure.
The candidate will work as part of a world-leading research team in the field of energy storage and materials characterization, and should have a degree in physical science with sound knowledge of electrochemistry, and ideally also physics. Previous research experience in a laboratory will be valued, as well as oral and written presentation skills. Experience in NMR or MRI is highly desirable. Interested candidates should email their CV and contact details to

Dr Luke A. O’Dell
Institute for Frontier Materials
Deakin University
Waurn Ponds Campus
Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
(+61) 0352273076