PhD projects in collaboration with industry on battery manufacturing and modelling

We are offering fully funded PhD positions in collaboration with a rising battery company, Addionics Ltd.

Start date

1 January 2023


36 months

Application deadline

Funding information

Fully funded with home fees covered and living stipend provided.


We cordially invite applicants to apply for fully funded PhD positions based at the University of Surrey to collaborate with a rising battery company Addionics Ltd based in White City, London.

The nature of the PhD projects will be computational modelling and experimentation in fabrication of 3D battery electrodes via tweaking slurry formulation and electrode microstructures, and their impact on the electrochemical and thermal performances of batteries.

About the University of Surrey

University of Surrey is a research intensive university. In the recent UK Research Excellence Framework 2021 evaluation, Surrey is ranked top 20 for research outputs, and 15th for research power in engineering. Surrey is also a top 10 UK university in employability and student satisfaction.

The Energy and Materials team at the University of Surrey has a strong background in the fabrication, modelling and application of advanced functional materials for energy conversion and storage applications including batteries (lithium-ion and alternatives to lithium-ion), fuel cells, hydrogen production, and CO2 utilisation. The department of Chemical and Process Engineering has strong expertise in multiscale modelling and process optimisation using a wide range of modelling methods including density functional theory, molecular dynamics, discrete element method, lattice Boltzmann method, computational fluid dynamics, finite element method, etc. You will be integrated in a vibrant research environment with over 50 international PhD students.

About Addionics

You will have opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at Addionics to learn battery fabrication and testing, and apply modelling to solve practical challenges in batteries. Addionics is a rapidly growing and emerging company in the development of the next generation of battery electrode architecture that enables improved performance. They have been the recipient of numerous recognitions including the prestigious Bloomberg NEF award. You will help to apply modelling approaches to solve architectural constraints that limit modern batteries. Furthermore, you will be supported by well organized programme from the Doctoral College at the University of Surrey.

Eligibility criteria

Projects are open to any UK or international candidate.

Applicants must hold (or be close to completion of) a master degree in any of the following disciplines:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Physics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Energy engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Other related disciplines.

Prior research experience in batteries and/or modelling are highly desirable.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD course page. Please also send a CV to Dr Qiong Cai ( to indicate your interest in advance. In place of a research proposal, you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

Later start dates may be possible. Please contact Dr Qiong Cai ( to discuss your preferred start dates.

Application deadline

Contact details

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

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