Molecular-level design of materials for lithium-sulphur batteries

A fully funded PhD studentship within the UK’s Faraday Institution project – LiSTAR to accelerate the development of lithium-sulphur (Li-S) batteries. This project will use density functional theory simulations and molecular dynamics modelling to design cathode materials and electrolyte solutions for Li-S batteries. The student will get opportunities to collaborate with other PhD students and postdocs across different institutions including UCL, Imperial College, University of Southampton, and University of Nottingham. Upon successful completion of the project, a PhD degree will be awarded by the University of Surrey.

Start date
2 January 2021
3 years
Application deadline
Funding information

The successful applicant will receive a full studentship including tuition fees and living stipend.

The student will receive a full living stipend of £15000 per year over the 3-year duration of the project, according to the standard set by UK research councils

Funding source
University of Surrey, Doctoral College
Supervised by


Applications are invited for a fully funded c PhD studentship for three years. The student will register for PhD at the University of Surrey. The main aim is to use atomic and molecular scale modelling  based on density functional theory and molecular dynamics, to design cathode materials and electrolyte for Li-S batteries.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary supervisory team at University of Surrey, and collaborate with other university partners including UCL, Imperial College, University of Southampton, and University of Nottingham. The University of Surrey was named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times in 2016 and was awarded a Gold award in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE) is the longest established chemical engineering department in the UK and is currently ranked 5th in UK according to the Guardian League Table.

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Eligibility criteria

We welcome students from any nationality to apply.

  • Applicants must have a 2:1 equivalent Batchelor’s degree or above in chemistry, physics, materials science/engineering, and chemical engineering disciplines.
  • Applicants must be willing to work with computer-based simulations.

English language requirements: 

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category

How to apply

Applications must be sent through the PhD Chemical and Processing Engineering course. Please clearly state the title of the studentship and the supervisor on the application.

Informal enquires are welcome and should be made to Dr Qiong Cai.

Application deadline

Contact details

Qiong Cai
12 BC 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686561

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