FUSE Internships 2024

In the summer of 2024, 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. Read Siddhi Barhanpurkar’s Faraday Pathway career journey, and a blog post highlighting the success of the 2023 FUSE programme.

Eligibility

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.

Topics

Internships are in-person unless indicated below.

Project Title Supervisor(s)Host organisationApplication status
CATMAT
1Synthesis of manganese-based disordered rock-salt phases via low temperature routesPeter Slater and Wilgner Lima da SilvaUniversity of BirminghamOpen
2Towards preventing degradation in next-generation lithium-rich cathode materialsDominic Spencer-Jolly and Emma KendrickUniversity of BirminghamOpen
3Understanding cracking behaviour in next generation battery materialsRhodri JervisUniversity College LondonTopic announced
4High energy density lithium-rich spinel cathodesRobert HouseUniversity of OxfordOpen
5Understanding mechanochemical processes for new electrode productionPeter Slater and Adam MichalchukUniversity of BirminghamOpen
Degradation project
6Machine learning molecular dynamics for battery materialsIoan-Bogdan MagdauNewcastle UniversityClosed
7Operando Raman investigation of battery degradationMichael De VolderUniversity of Cambridge Topic announced
8Best of both worlds: mixed LFP/NMC battery and electrochemical optimisationGalo J. Paez FajardoUniversity of WarwickOpen
9Performance and aging evaluation of Li-ion batteries with novel formulationsDebashis Tripathy University of Cambridge Closed
10Investigating degradation in olivine cathodes for lithium-ion batteriesHrishit BanerjeeUniversity of Cambridge (hybrid working)Closed
11Dielectric constant determination of battery electrolytes using electrochemical impedance spectroscopySvetlana MenkinUniversity of Cambridge Closed
FutureCat
12Investigation of high-entropy metal oxide electrodes by pair distribution function analysisXiao Hua and Hekang ZhuLancaster UniversityOpen
13Traceless delivery of singlet oxygen for assessing electrolyte degradationLee Johnson and Kieran JonesUniversity of NottinghamOpen
LiSTAR
14Moving towards carbon fibres based lithium metal pouch cellsMagdalena Titirici and Samantha SouthernImperial College LondonOpen
15Exploring TAP900@Fe single atom catalysts for enhanced lithium-sulfur battery performanceMagdalena Titirici and Mengjun GongImperial College LondonOpen
16Voltammetric studies of sulfur redox reactionsDarren WalshUniversity of NottinghamTopic announced
17Solvation and transport in electrolytes for Li-S batteriesMauro Pasta, Ben Jagger and Camilla Di Mino
University of OxfordClosed
Multi-scale Modelling
18Building fast electro-thermal models with heat-flow simulations on a spiral domainMark BlytheUniversity of Bristol (hybrid working)Closed
19Modelling electrode coating with PyBaMMFerran Brosa Planella and Masoud Jabbari
University of Warwick (hybrid working)Open
20Particle velocimetry for transference numbersCharles MonroeUniversity of OxfordTopic announced
21Pattern recognition in drive cycles to approximate equivalent current-rate cyclesGregory Offer and Derek SiuImperial College LondonOpen
22Characterising the effects of pressure distribution on parallel-connected lithium-ion batteriesMonica MarinescuImperial College LondonOpen
23Heat generation mapping of a range of cellsCarlos GarciaImperial College LondonOpen
24Optimising coin cell manufacture and harvesting electrode materialsGregory Offer and Derek SiuImperial College LondonOpen
25Quantifying battery degradation through post-mortem imaging and virtual reconstructionGregory Offer and Derek SiuImperial College LondonOpen
NEXGENNA
26Battery scale-up facility for capability demonstration and prototypingJohn IrvineUniversity of St AndrewsOpen
27Automating battery data outputsJohn IrvineUniversity of St AndrewsOpen
Nextrode
28Preparation of stable water-based inks for high Ni content cathodesPeter Slater and Tomislav FriscicUniversity of BirminghamOpen
29Low temperature processing of solid state electrolytesPeter Slater and Josh MakepeaceUniversity of BirminghamOpen
30Low cost mechanochemical approaches to battery materials Peter Slater and Tomislav FriscicUniversity of BirminghamOpen
ReLiB
31Advancing sustainability: recycling and manufacturing lithium-rich cathodes from high-power lithium-ion battery materials Peter Slater and Bo DongUniversity of BirminghamOpen
32Reduction and recovery of cathode active material from end of life batteriesDan ReedUniversity of BirminghamOpen
33Electro-spun graphitic carbon fibres for anodesGerard FernandoUniversity of BirminghamOpen
34Development of characterisation of end of life batterie electrodes for automated sortingDan ReedUniversity of BirminghamOpen
SafeBatt
35CATION PaD (Current and Temperature Influence on Nucleation Propagation and Dendrite Growth) Mel LoveridgeUniversity of WarwickOpen
36Database for fire modelling of Li-ion batteriesFrancesco RestucciaKing's College LondonOpen
37A quantitative risk assessment of Li-ion battery failureSolomon BrownUniversity of SheffieldTopic announced
38Developing an internal short circuit model for implementation into existing Li-ion thermal runaway modelsSolomon BrownUniversity of SheffieldTopic announced
39 & 403D visualisation and spatial distribution analysis of gases released during lithium-ion battery thermal runaway (2 positions)Wojciech MrozikNewcastle UniversityTopic announced
41Exploring the application of acoustic techniques to improve battery safetyJames Robinson and Arthur Fordham University College LondonTopic announced
SOLBAT
42Single ion sodium-conducting polymers for enhanced solid-state battery performanceGeorgina GregoryUniversity of OxfordTopic announced
43Achieving high current densities with sulfide solid state batteriesMauro Pasta and Jack AspinallUniversity of OxfordClosed
44Titration of lithium metal to study SEI formationMauro Pasta and Matthew BurtonUniversity of OxfordClosed
45Investigating the extent of solid electrolyte interphase growth in sulfide solid-electrolytesGregory ReesUniversity of OxfordOpen
Other Projects
46Designing low-resistance jigs to improve cell testing quality and charging performanceHarris MedwellBreathe Battery Technologies - LondonOpen
47Developing software to test automotive battery management systems Dimitrios PanagiotopoulosBreathe Battery Technologies - LondonTopic announced
48Battery fast charging Tom Heenan Gaussion - LondonOpen
49Battery fast charging for cylindrical cellsTom Heenan Gaussion - LondonOpen
50Battery fast charging for prismatic cellsTom Heenan Gaussion - LondonOpen
51Charge photometric activity correlations in commercial battery electrodesElena PascalIllumion - CambridgeOpen
52Bringing physics-based models to industry through improved Battery Parameter eXchange support in PyBaMMRobert TimmsIon-Works (remote working)Open
53ReSTOR: Exploring reconditioning methods for lithium polysulfide flow batteriesEdward BrightmanUniversity of StrathclydeOpen
54Soluble lead flow battery: system control and monitoringRichard WillsUniveristy of SouthamptonTopic announced
55Characterisation of high power anode materialsPeter Slater and Lizzie DriscollUniversity of BirminghamOpen

Additionally there are four summer internships available at the Faraday Institution Head Quarters (FIHQ) in Harwell. Note these are separate to the FUSE internship programme. Find out more.

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