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Advanced Printing for Energy Storage: Supercapacitors & Batteries

Key Information

Academic supervisor: Prof Davide Deganello
Industrial supervisor: Arturas Adomkevicius, PhD

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Background:
World-wide implementation of renewable energy sources is substantially dependent on the availability of improved technologies for the production of efficient and inexpensive stationary energy storage systems to compensate for the intermittent nature of natural resource availability.

Enserv is a global leader in energy solutions, a major developer of solar plants and energy storage systems in Asia and Oceania, with more than 258 MW of photovoltaic parks installed in Thailand alone.  In partnership with Swansea University (and its new centre of excellence, CAPTURE) and other major international institutions, Enserv is leading the development of novel electrochemical energy storage solutions (supercapacitors and batteries) as well as associated manufacturing.

The proposed master’s project will contribute to this endeavour, working on the study of the potential for incorporating printing processes.

Project Aims:
The project will concentrate on the study of scalable manufacture of energy storage devices, particularly new generation supercapacitors. Working in close contact with the company and research team in Swansea University, the candidate will study the potential of multilayer thin film printing technologies: exploring new designs, understanding parameter effects, printability of materials, and its effect on performance.

The project would be of particular interest for student’s intent on developing skills and expertise in energy storage, electrochemistry, and printing manufacturing.

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 world­class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to providing top quality 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.

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity 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.

Before submitting an application for the project, please see our Hints & Tips document which can be found here.

Sponsoring Company Enserv Power
Company Website Eligibility

We welcome applications with Materials or Chemical Engineering preferred, but other physical sciences accepted (Engineering disciplines, Physics, Chemistry); 2.1 or 1st class degree preferred, or equivalent relevant experience that would enable the candidate to fulfil the role.

Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Funding

Fees at Home / EU rate, and Stipend £12,500, both for the period of one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website (Student Eligibility | M2A).
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.

Closing Date 5 April 2021

Start Date October 2021


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Applications and informal enquiries about this studentship should be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk