Lithium-Sulphur batteries

We are advertising for the allocation of a PhD studentship on Lithium-Sulphur batteries. The project will be in association with the research programme LiSTAR which is funded under the umbrella of the Faraday Institution in UK (Powering Britain’s battery revolution: Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) batteries hold the promise of becoming the next generation battery technology for automotive and other transport applications due to its 3-4 times higher energy density than today’s lithium-ion batteries. Li-S technology is being actively developed by major industry players like Sony and LG Chem as well as UK’s Oxis Energy.

Start date
1 January 2020
3 years
Application deadline
Funding source
University of Surrey
Funding information

The PhD studentship will cover fees (at home fees rate) and living costs (at normal EPSRC stipend).


The proposed PhD project is on lithium-sulphur batteries. It will involve experimental developments of novel composite cathodes of sulphur in a host such as high surface area 3d-graphene. The project will also involve battery cell fabrication and testing, and material characterisation pre-cell testing, in operando during cell testing and post-mortem after the cell has been cycled a certain number of times.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have:

A relevant BSc/BEng or MSc/MEng degree. first or upper second class, in chemistry, physics or engineering.

English language requirements: 

Non-native speakers of English who did not study in an English-speaking country will be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above with 6.0 in each individual category, or other equivalent proof of qualification in English language.

International students may be considered but they will have to self-fund the difference between the overseas fees and home fees.

How to apply

Applicants are required to send a cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications with regards to the project and requirements above, a CV, copies of university degrees and transcripts with grades of all modules and projects (in English or officially translated in English), copy of IELTS English language test results  if required, and the names and contact details of two referees.

All communications should be made to Dr Constantina Lekakou at:


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Application deadline

Contact details

Constantina (Tina) Lekakou
08 AB 03
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689622

Research in energy storage, and more specifically lithium-sulphur batteries


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