NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Research Fellow, Development of Safe High-Power Li-ion Batteries

Location
Singapore
Posted
06 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2022
Ref
8683144
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Job Description

The major concern about existing rechargeable Li-ion battery technology is that it takes too long for recharging and is unsafe especially at fast rate of charging. Current project provides solutions for developing safe Li-ion battery technology for high power applications. We have opening for Two Research Fellow/Post-doctoral Fellow positions to work in this project. This project is a joint collaboration between National University of Singapore, Singapore and Underwriters Laboratories Inc., USA for two years. These positions will start from June-July 2022.

Project aim to develop high power Li-ion cell technologies using phosphate based positive electrode materials along with titanate based negative electrode materials. NUS hold process patents for three electrode materials related to this project.

Project team plans to optimize synthesis conditions for scale-up production of positive and negative electrode materials. Commercial type Li-ion cells will be fabricated using existing proto-type facility at NUS. Besides testing their storage performances, we intend to examine heat generation using accelerated rate calorimeter as well as internal resistance using impedance spectroscopy at selected abuse conditions of the proposed high-power Li-ion cells for investigation of degradation mechanisms in these cell chemistries. 

In this context, one of the selected candidates will focus on modifications to the electrode materials while the other candidate will consider reevaluating additives to the electrolytes for improving the storage performances and safety criteria of the proposed high-power Li-ion cells. They will use X-ray diffraction, impedance spectroscopy, FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, SEM/TEM, DSC/DTA, etc., for related characterizations to understand improvements in kinetics, thermal and structural stabilities of these electrode and electrolyte materials.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Materials Science & Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Chemistry/Physics or related fields. 
  • Sound knowledge on synthesis and characterization of electrode and electrolyte materials. 
  • Experience in characterization of solid-solid interfaces and solid-electrolyte interfaces.  
  • Experience on structural investigation and analysis of X-ray diffraction data.
  • Experience in characterization of battery materials using XPS, ATR-FTIR and TEM.  
  • Expertise in analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data.  
  • Highly motivated, a good communicator (written and verbal), and passionate about battery research. 
  • Team player with a keen interest to mentor team members. 
  • Strong desire to be involved in translational research in addition to the planned fundamental research.

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More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: College of Design and Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID: 15228

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