Summer Internships

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Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE) programme

In the summer of 2021, the Faraday Institution will provide around 50 undergraduate students with the opportunity to take part in a paid “virtual” internship associated with one of our partner universities of up to eight weeks duration.

Goals of the internships are:

  • 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 universities 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 we will arrange video calls with our Faraday PhD researchers. At the end of the summer, and with the assistance of their supervisor, each intern prepares a poster covering their research. Students may be invited to present their research poster at a session at a Faraday Institution conference in November 2021.

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).

Applications

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

Topics

Project title University Supervisor
CATMAT - Next Generation Cathode Materials
Bringing Li-ion battery advances into the classroom University of Birmingham Peter Slater and Elizabeth Driscoll
Role of trapped O2 in the migration of transition-metal cations and the voltage fade in Li-rich layered cathodes University of Oxford Peter Bruce
Battery Degradation - applications are closed for internships with this project
Use and develop interactive tools for analysing battery degradation in next-generation lithium-ion batteries University of Cambridge Wes Dose
Modelling degradation phenomena in LiNiO2 University of Cambridge Annalena Genreith-Schriever
Macroscale modelling of lithium-air batteries   University of Cambridge James Ellison
Exploring beyond lithium electrolytes University of Cambridge Erlendur Jónsson
Online electrochemical mass spectrometry data analysis University of Cambridge Israel Temprano
FutureCat - Next Generation Cathode Materials
A techno-economic analysis of polyanion vs oxide cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries University of Sheffield Sam Booth, working with Exawatt
STEM outreach resources for FutureCat University of Sheffield Elinor Noble and Serena Corr
Technical training videos University of Sheffield Josie Whitnear and Serena Corr
LiSTAR - Lithium-sulfur Batteries
Nanostructured carbon fibers for Li-S cathodes ensuring a maximum sulfur utilisation (lab based) Imperial College London Magda Titirici
Microstructural characterisation of Li-S battery electrodes University College London Nive Kulkarni and Rhodri Jervis
Molecular modelling of lithium-ion diffusion through a polymer layer University of Surrey Tina Lekakou
Characterisation of polysulphides in the lithium-sulfur battery by liquid chromatography (lab based) University of Nottingham Darren Walsh, Lee Johnson, Graham Newton
Molecular-level simulations for the predictions of Li-ion diffusivity through solid sulfur and solid sulfides University of Surrey Tina Lekakou
Reaction of mediators with lithium metal and the implications for SEI stability (lab based) University of Nottingham Darren Walsh, Lee Johnson, Graham Newton
Nexgenna - Sodium-ion Batteries
Operando characterisation of Na-ion battery electrode materials University of Sheffield Nik Reeves-McLaren
Biomass derived CNT Na-ion negative electrodes University of St Andrews John Irvine
Nextrode - Electrode Manufacturing
Data mining and machine learning for battery manufacturing University of Warwick James Marco
Development of educational resources to explain battery manufacturing University of Birmingham Peter Slater and Emma Kendrick
Extensional properties of battery electrode slurries University of Birmingham Emma Kendrick
Programming based electrode schematic generation for Li-ion battery electrodes University of Sheffield Denis Cumming and Rachel Smith
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of microfluidic system University of Sheffield Rachel Smith and Denis Cumming
ReLiB - Recycling and Reuse of Li-ion Batteries
De-bondable and sustainable adhesives for battery pack and module construction University of Leicester Andy Abbot
Fully automating the process of sorting the disassembled battery components University of Birmingham Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
Development of characterisation reference Raman spectra of end-of-life battery for automated sorting University of Birmingham Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
Developing a learning-based predictive path following control for cutting the battery module using a robot University of Birmingham Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
Evaluating modules for reuse in EVs Newcastle University Simon Lambert and Mohamed Ahmeid
Expanding educational resources on LIBs recycling University of Birmingham Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
Automatic task planner for battery disassembly University of Birmingham Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
SafeBatt - Battery Safety
Adaptive machine learning approaches to quantifying uncertainty in Li-ion cell failure University of Sheffield Solomon Brown
Optimising the automated analysis of acoustic time-of-flight measurements University College London James Robinson and Rhodri Owen
Building a mechanistic micro-kinetic model of reaction systems in Li-ion entering thermal runaway University of Sheffield Solomon Brown
 

Topic titles added 7 April:

Lithium-sulfur Batteries
Investigating electrocatalytic effects in transition metal doped carbons for polysulphide conversion in Li-S batteries Imperial College Magda Titirici
The effect of ferroelectric materials on polysulphide trapping due to polarisation Imperial College Magda Titirici
Multi-scale Modelling
Investigation of compression effects on pouch cells using EIS and P2D modelling Lancaster University Kenneth Nwanoro
Techno-economic analysis comparing LiB and NiB material extraction and processing Imperial College Jacqueline Edge, Emma Kendrick
Analysing the US DoE’s global database on energy storage projects, to assess how batteries are performing on demonstration and grid-scale storage projects around the world Imperial College Jacqueline Edge
Jelly unroll: Developing a graphical platform to show the contents of lithium-ion batteries Imperial College Sam Cooper
Particle velocimetry for transference numbers University of Oxford Charles Monroe
Thermodynamic measurement of sodium in hard carbons Lancaster University Michael Mercer
Environmental impact analysis comparing LIB and NIB material extraction and processing Imperial College Jacqueline Edge, Emma Kendrick
Sustainability and performance trade-offs in commercial EV batteries Imperial College Greg Offer, Laura Lander
Safety and thermal management in commercial EV batteries Imperial College Greg Offer, Laura Bravo Diaz

 

Topic titles added 16th April

Electromechanical simulations of solid-state lithium battery separators University of Oxford (SOLBAT) Charles Monroe
Required laws and regulations for robotizing the process of disassembly and recycling of lithium-ion batteries University of Birmingham

(ReLiB)

Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
Detecting and labelling the disassembled battery components by deep learning University of Birmingham

(ReLiB)

Please contact Amina Benyahia for more details
Flow-field design and multi-physics modelling of a lithium polysulphide flow battery for emerging economies (applications closed) University of Strathclyde Edward Brightman
Technoeconomic study of a low-cost single liquid flow battery for emerging economies (applications closed) University of Strathclyde Edward Brightman

 

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