In situ characterisation of electrochemical energy systems.

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Li-ion batteries have penetrated many aspects of our lives. However, due to limited Li resources in the world, researchers are looking for alternative battery systems. Various ion batteries are emerging as new technology to replace Li-ion batteries. 

This PhD focuses on developing in-situ techniques for characterising novel-ion battery systems. More specifically the candidate will work on the design, development and testing of model ion batteries (such as the Na-ion or Zn-ion) for in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterisation. In-situ TEM characterisation of the ion battery systems will provide a unique insight into the mechanisms and will be key in developing better electrode materials. In-situ or operando techniques allow us to observe the materials in their native state and allows for material characterisation to occur under real or close-to-real conditions. This project is funded by an ARC Future Fellowship.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Ruth Knibbe

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of electrochemistry or electron microscopy would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of engineering, material science, physics, chemistry or related fields and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of electrochemistry or electron microscopy is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2025. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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