Development of Novel Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Li-ion Battery Applications

  • Postdoc
  • UK
  • February 28, 2019

University of Leeds

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong background in glass and polymer physics? Do you want to use your expertise in the physics of glasses and polymers to design novel battery electrolytes?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed research fellow to join an interdisciplinary research project that is part of a UK collaboration “Enabling Next Generation Lithium Batteries” funded by the EPSRC. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are of key importance in energy storage applications including portable electronics and the electrification of transport. The use of Li-ion batteries is predicted to grow substantially in the future, but to meet the demands for higher energy density, better safety, longer life-times and more efficient processing and manufacture, transformational research is needed. The aim of this project is to better understand the fundamental physics that determines the ion transport and mechanical properties of solid polymer electrolytes and to use this knowledge to develop new types of solid polymer systems with better Li-ion transport. The work aims to define a new direction for solid polymer electrolytes that can deliver the elusive combination of high conductivity and optimised mechanical properties necessary to make a breakthrough in polymer electrolyte batteries.

You will have a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in experimental physics or a closely allied discipline and a strong background in polymer and glass physics. You will also have significant experience and/ or knowledge in broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and oscillatory rheology experiments on glass-forming liquids and polymers.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Johan Mattsson

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3815; email:

Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School of Physics & Astronomy
Grade 7
£33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Working Time:
37.5 hours – we will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:
Full Time
Contract Type:
Fixed Term (Until 22 July 2020 – due to external funding)
Closing Date:
Thursday 29 November 2018

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