MSc on characterization of batteries by Raman spectroscopy

Key Information

Supervisors: Dr W Chung and Prof S Margadonna.

Batteries are increasingly important in a wide range of applications, spanning small scale domestic applications, medium-scale applications such as electric cars and large-scale applications i.e. powering buildings. 

Research into batteries is increasing. A range of practical materials and approaches to fabrication, aims to increase charging, discharging capability and lifetimes. 

This research aims to understand the chemical/structural changes that occur during charging/discharging process, and how these impact lifetimes. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful non-invasive technique to studying the chemical/structural properties of materials and is particularly useful for studying battery materials in situ and in operando, enabling direct study of chemical and structural changes occurring during charging/discharging. 

Renishaw plc specialises in industrial metrology and spectroscopy and is one of the world’s premier companies developing and selling Raman spectroscopy systems. 

The Research Engineer will:

  • Perform Raman spectroscopy studies in batteries in-operando conditions, and to optimise the design of the electrochemical cell for the in-operando Raman studies.
  • Develop understanding of the behaviour of electrode materials and their associated chemical/structural changes during the charging/discharging process.

Swansea university is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners. 

Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.  

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

Sponsoring Company Renishaw plc

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level to join the M2A community of research engineers. 

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding. 



Full fees at Home/EU rate for a period of one academic year.

The studentship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 per annum for a period of one year.

Closing Date 15 March 2019

Start Date October 2019

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk