FUSE Internships 2023

In the summer of 2023, the Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE) internship programme is providing 55 internships for undergraduate students to undertake paid-eight week placements with battery researchers from partner organisations.

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 interns on a competitive basis from a diverse pool of applicants. Working alongside a supervisor, students have access to other research scientists. Interns are invited to join 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 scientific research project. 

A number of FUSE interns have successfully gone on to undertake a PhD in battery research or work in the battery sector.  


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.



Project titleSupervisorOrganisationMode of delivery
1Thin film Ni rich cathode material for Li metal battery Farheen N SayedUniversity of CambridgeIn personApplications closed
2Developing tools for modelling cathode interfacesSamuel ColesUniversity of BathIn personApplications closed
3Theoretical spectroscopy to investigate degradation in NMC cathodes Hrishit BanerjeeUniversity of CambridgeIn personApplications closed
4The effect of interface reactions on lithium plating in “Anode-free” batteries Svetlana Menkin and Marie Juramy University of CambridgeIn personApplications closed
5Operando X-ray studies of Pouch Cells: Live studies of intercalation reactions in real cellsLouis PiperUniversity of WarwickIn personApplications closed
6Functionalized carbon nanotube electrodes for Li-air batteries Israel TempranoUniversity of CambridgeIn personApplications closed
7Development of mathematical models and python/MATLAB simulation codes for thin-film based li-ion batteries Debasis NayakUniversity of CambridgeHybridApplications closed
8Full coin cell optimisation Innes McClellandUniversity of SheffieldIn personApplications closed
9Synthetic design and optimization of novel cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries Nuria Tapia-RuizImperial College LondonIn personApplications closed
10Crystallographic & spectroscopic studies of highly delithiated LixNiO2 (x < 0.1) cathodeAshok S. MenonUniversity of WarwickIn personApplications closed
11Towards carbon fibres based Li-S batteries Samantha Southern and Magda TitiriciImperial College LondonIn personApplications closed
12Li-ion transport in the solid-electrolyte interphase Lorenz Olbrich and Mauro Pasta Oxford UniversityIn personApplications closed
13Investigating component materials for Li-S electrodesLiam Bird and James RobinsonUniversity College LondonIn personApplications closed
14Zero-Excess Li Li2S cell development Alex Rettie University College LondonIn person Applications closed
15In-situ Li2S formation inside 3-D Graphene for Anode-free Lithium-Sulfur CellsThomas MillerUniversity College LondonIn personApplications closed
16Reduced Order Modelling for Lithium-Sulfur BatteriesMonica MarinescuImperial College LondonApplications closed
17Metallic 1T phase MoS2 based fibers for energy storageManish ChhowallaUniversity of CambridgeIn personApplications closed
Multi-Scale Modelling
18Identifying the key factors in battery pack balancing through experimentation and simulationMonica MarinescuImperial College LondonIn personApplications closed
19Sustainability assessment of niobium batteriesJacqueline EdgeImperial College LondonOnline, with occasional in person meetingsApplications closed
20Life cycle asessment method for direct recyling of batteriesJacqueline EdgeImperial College LondonOnline, with occasional in person meetingsApplications closed
21Conductivity of novel electrolytes forsodium ion batteries using molecular simulations and experimentsSam NiblettUniversity of CambridgeIn person preferred, hybrid is possible at student’s requestApplications closed
22Studying the dissolution properties of the solid electrolyte interphase in sodium-ion batteries using scanning electrochemical microscopy. Nuria Tapia-RuizImperial College LondonIn personApplications closed
23Prussian Blue cathodes for sodium-ion and potassium-ion batteries Rob ArmstrongUniversity of St AndrewsIn personApplications closed
24Investigation of sodiation mechanisms of organic anode materials by pair distribution function analysis John GriffinUniversity of LancasterIn personApplications closed
25Battery Scale Up Facility for Capability Demonstration and Prototyping John IrvineUniversity of St AndrewsIn personApplications closed
26Battery Electrode slurries under flowEmma KendrickUniversity of BirminghamIn personApplications closed
27Mechanofusion for lithium-ion battery cathode manufacturingDenis CummingUniversity of SheffieldIn personApplications closed
28Towards Solvent Free Battery ManufacturingRachel SmithUniversity of SheffieldIn personApplications closed
29Characterising the reduction and oxidation of battery electrodes in reactive atmospheresDaniel ReedUniversity of BirminghamIn personApplications closed
30Banking on Better Black MassEmma KendrickUniversity of BirminghamIn personApplications closed
31Creating a data-driven framework for detecting various battery components using Artificial IntelligenceRustam StolkinUniversity of BirminghamIn person or hybridApplications closed
32Developing a podcast series on batteriesAndy AbbottUniversity of LeicesterAnyApplications closed
33Ion-exchange properties of recycled titanate anodes.Phoebe AllanUniversity of BirminghamIn person (with options of hybrid or online)Applications closed
34Identifying the unique risks posed by thermal runaway of Li-ion batteries in rail and marine applications -  a qualitative risk assessmentProfessor Solomon BrownUniversity of Sheffieldideally in person but alternatively hybrid or onlineApplications closed
35Exploring the Application of Acoustic Techniques to Improve Battery Safety and PerformanceJames Robinson and Arthur FordhamUniversity College LondonIn personApplications closed
36Forensic Analysis of Batteries for early Failure Modes – (FAB-FM)Mel LoveridgeUniversity of WarwickIn personApply now Deadline 9th June
37Safe(Batt) info database Wojciech MrozikNewcastle UniversityIn-person and hybridApplications closed
38Surface electrochemistry methods for a safer lithium-ion battery: understanding and preventing short circuitsSvetlana Menkin University of CambridgeIn personApply now - deadline 19th June
39Applying Automated Reaction Network Generation to Li-ion Battery Thermal Runaway Solomon BrownUniversity of Sheffieldideally in person but alternatively hybrid or onlineApplications closed
41Quantification of lithium losses in anodeless solid-state batteriesPeter Bruce and Dominic Spencer JollyOxford UniversityIn personApplications closed
42Role of grain boundaries on solid electrolyte conductivityBen Jagger and Mauro PastaOxford UniversityIn personApplications closed
43Fabrication and testing of new glassy electrolytesDr Stephen Turrell and Mauro PastaOxford UniversityIn personApplications closed
44Mapping Lithium Conductivity in Solid State ElectrolytesGregory ReesOxford UniversityIn personApplications closed
Other projects
45Better battery model quality by estimating experimental errorEdmund DickinsonAbout:EnergyIn personApplications closed
46Design and validation of a modular battery thermal management system Max Naylor Marlow and Teng ZhangBreathe Battery Technologies LimitedIn personApplications closed
47Battery Fast Charging: 18650sTom Heenan Gaussion LtdIn person at their London HQ (Angel) Applications closed
48Battery Fast Charging: 21700sTom Heenan Gaussion LtdIn person at their London HQ (Angel) Applications closed
49Battery Fast Charging: Pouch CellsTom Heenan Gaussion LtdIn person at their London HQ (Angel) Applications closed
50Battery R&D Support. Martin RogallQdot Technology LtdHybridApplications closed
51Soluble Lead Flow Battery Operational Characterisation and Control (FCDO: RELCo-Bat: Recalimed Electrolyte, Low Cost Flow Battery project)Richard WillsUniversity of Southampton In person Applications closed
52Application of a miniaturized fluxgate magnetometer array to investigate battery charge/discharge cyclesTerry DyerUniversity of StrathclydeIn person Applications closed
53Chemical Imaging of BatteriesSteve PriceUniversity of SheffieldOnlineApplications closed
54Degradation Characterisation of Lithium-ion Batteries using Non-Destructive Ultrasonic InspectionAlastair HalesUniversity of BristolIn person Applications closed
55Development of Positive Electrode Structures in Solid State BatteriesJohn IrvineUniversity of St AndrewsIn personApplications closed

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