FUSE Internships 2022

In the summer of 2022, the Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE) internship programme is providing 58 internships for undergraduate students to undertake paid eight week placements with battery researchers from partner universities.

Goals of the internships are:

• Provide opportunity to gain research experience
• To inspire young people to pursue careers in the fields of battery technology and energy storage
• To diversify the pool of talent
• To increase participants’ knowledge, skills and aspirations
• Give contact with positive role models

Participating institutions construct project research topics that connect to the Faraday Institution research projects and select their intern on a competitive basis from a diverse pool of applicants. Working alongside a supervisor, students have access to other research scientists. Interns are welcome to join the Faraday Masterclass webinars and cohort video calls on a range of topics. At the end of the summer, and with the assistance of their supervisor, each intern prepares a poster detailing their research project.


Applicants must:

• Be registered full-time undergraduate student from a UK university.
• Undertake the internship within the years of their undergraduate study (i.e., not in final year or during a subsequent Masters’ programme).
• Not have been a FUSE intern in a previous year


Application processes vary by university. Please refer to the job advert in the links below or contact the supervisor by email.


 Project titleSupervisorOrganisationMode of delivery 
1Spatially-resolved characterisation of Ni-rich cathode materials with X-ray spectroscopy techniquesPaul QuinnDiamond Light Source In-person/Hybrid
2Outreach: Behind the Lab SpecsPeter SlaterUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
3Investigating the surface reactivity of the high voltagePeter Bruce University of Oxford In-person
4Stabilisation of Lithium Nickel Oxide for Lithium-ionEmma KendrickUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
5First principles study of degradation in NMC cathodesHrishit BanerjeeUniversity of CambridgeHybrid
6Mechanical Properties of Nickel-rich Cathode MaterialsDavid HallUniversity of CambridgeIn-person
7Can Li-air batteries operate via moisture-resistant chemistry?Israel TempranoUniversity of CambridgeIn-person
8Testing the Effect of Conditions on Lithium-Ion BatteryBethan DaviesImperial College LondonIn-person
9Cu and Al current collector corrosion in state-of-the-art Li-ion battery coin cellsAigerim OmirkhanImperial College LondonIn-person
10Rate of singlet oxygen reaction with carbonate solventsLee JohnsonUniversity of NottinghamIn-person
11Process Analysis for UK LFP Manufacturing - with ExawattUsama MohamedExawatt/University of SheffieldOptional - (Can be provided as online, with visits or in person as suitable)
12Chemical Imaging of Batteries - with Finden Stephen PriceFinden/University of SheffieldOnline
13Impedance measurements of thin film cathodesSian Dutton / Judith DriscollUniversity of Cambridge
14FUSE Outreach – Electric Car resource for Secondary Schools - University of Sheffield based Elinor Noble/Laura WheatcroftUniversity of SheffieldHybrid
153D Current Collectors for Anodeless Li-S CellsMagda TitiriciImperial College LondonIn-person
16Investigating the Electrocatalytic Conversion of Polysulfides in Li-S BatteriesMagda TitiriciImperial College LondonIn-person
17Colloidal metal sulfide clusters as catalysts for the lithium-sulfur batteryGraham NewtonUniversity of NottinghamIn-person
18Electrochemical study of heterogenous catalysts for sulfur redox Darren WalshUniversity of NottinghamIn-person
19Machine Learning to Discover Lithium Sulfur Battery ModelsMonica MarinescuImperial College LondonOnline
20Developing an Understanding of the Costs of Manufacturing for Li-S Batteries (Co-Hosted with ExaWatt)James RobinsonUniversity College LondonOnline
21Parametric studies via molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the effect of electrolyte in lithium-sulphur batteriesTina LekakouUniversity of SurreyOnline
22Environmental impact analysis of sodium-ion battery manufacturingJacqueline EdgeImperial College LondonHybrid/Online
23Environmental impact analysis of lithium-sulphur battery manufacturingJacqueline EdgeImperial College LondonHybrid/Online
24Investigating battery pack balancing strategiesMonica MarinescuImperial College LondonIn-person
25Discovery of superionic solid-state electrolytes using unsupervised machine learningAron WalshImperial College LondonIn-person but online and hybrid can be accommodated
26Adding drive cycle library to PyBaMMDan BrettUniversity College LondonHybrid/Online
27Evaluation of Carbon Tin Composites as Negative Electrodes in Sodium Ion Batteries (scroll to bottom of link)John Irvine University of St AndrewsIn-person
28Remediated ground waste as novel cathode material for sodium-ion batteries. Nuria Tapia-RuizUniversity of LancasterIn-person
29Operando characterisation of Na-ion battery electrode materialsNik Reeves-McLarenUniversity of Sheffield
30Cathode development and optimization for high-power sodium-ion batteriesBill David STFCIn-person
31Outreach: Behind the Lab SpecsPeter SlaterUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
32Machine learning for Li-ion battery manufacturing process optimisationJames MarcoUniversity of WarwickHybrid
33Imaging metrology for battery electrode coatingsEmma KendrickUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
34Robotic cell assembly for engagement and outreachDenis CummingUniversity of SheffieldIn-person
35Technological distance mapping and analysisDenis CummingUniversity of SheffieldRemote/Hybrid
36Extraction of lithium salts from geothermal watersEmma KendrickUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
37New pack and cell designs to simplify battery recyclingAndy AbbotUniversity of LeicesterHybrid
38Modelling titanate special anodesPeter SlaterUniversity of BirminghamHybrid
39Debondable adhesives for improved pack disassemblyAndy AbbotUniversity of LeicesterIn-person
40Outreach: Behind Lab SpacesPeter SlaterUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
41Acoustic Spectroscopy to Improve Battery SafetyJames Robinson, Rhodri OwenUniversity College LondonIn-person/Hybrid
42Using molecular dynamics to probe solvent-salt reactions within li-ion battery thermal runawaySolomon BrownUniversity of SheffieldOptional
43Identifying the unique risks posed by thermal runaway of Li-ion batteries in rail and marine applications - a qualitative risk assessmentSolomon BrownUniversity of SheffieldOptional
44Hopping through the interfaces: a multiscale chemo-mechanics model for solid-state battery energy materials Lukasz FigielUniversity of WarwickHybrid
45Electrochemomechanics of the Li-solid electrolyte interphaseMauro PastaUniversity of OxfordIn-person
46Towards High-Performance “Anode-Free” Solid-State BatteriesPeter BruceUniversity of OxfordIn-person
47Rest Easy: Efficient Extraction of a Battery Open Circuit VoltageAlastair HalesUniversity of Bristol/About EnergyIn-person
48Novel diagnostic and prognostic models for lithium-ion batteriesTeng ZhangBreathe Battery Technologies In-person or hybrid
49Improving the electrolyte in low-cost lithium polysulfide flow batteriesDr Edward BrightmanUniversity of StrathclydeIn-person
50Flow battery design for energy storageRichard WillsUniversity of SouthamptonIn-person
51Application of a miniaturized fluxgate magnetometer to investigate battery charge/discharge cyclesTerry Dyer University of StrathclydeHybrid/In-person
52Developing educational resources to explain high power battery materialsPeter SlaterUniversity of BirminghamIn-person
53Escaping Temperature-Gridlock through Smart Battery Model ParameterisationAlastair HalesUniversity of BristolIn-person
54Development of Positive Electrode Structures in Solid State Batteries (scroll to bottom of link)John IrvineUniversity of St AndrewsIn-person
55Preparation and characterization of advanced coatings on cathode materialsMark CopleyUniversity of WarwickIn-person
56Taking battery chemistries to scale (scroll to bottom of link)John IrvineUniversity of St AndrewsIn-person
57Mechanical/Manufacturing design Engineering - CellPod tooling design & optimisationTom CleaverCognition EnergyIn-person
58Mechanical design engineering internship - Cell testing & product designTom CleaverCognition EnergyIn-person


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