PhD Fellowship for Structure & Surface Analysis Group and Solid State NMR Research Line through Basque Government Grant Sólo en [en]?

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Válido hasta 02.04.2017

PhD project Description

Research Line: XRD-Solid State NMR.

Title: Advanced combined structural and thermodynamic characterization of battery materials by means of XRD and solid state NMR.

Supervisor: Dr. Montserrat Casas-Cabanas and Dr. Juan Miguel López del Amo.

Theme:The research project will be focused on the advanced combined structural and thermodynamic characterization of battery materials by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (ssNMR).


The rational development of new materials for advanced energy storage applications relies in the detailed description and understanding of the key structural and dynamic parameters that direct their electrochemical performance. Indeed, the redox reactions involved in batteries typically require the reversible intercalation/extraction of alkali ions (e.g. Li+, Na+, etc.)  into/from the structure of electrode materials. Therefore, advances in material characterization techniques are crucial in the development of new technologies for energy storage applications.

Structural methods based in diffraction techniques like XRD are basic for the macroscopic description of solid materials and reveal critical aspects of the long range atomic disposition. Solid state NMR on the other hand provides very valuable information of the local environment of magnetic active atoms and their mobility.

The goal of the present research project is to explore the global description that result from the combination of both techniques and to develop new methods and experimental parameters that will help to explain and even predict the performance of the materials under investigation.

The XRD and solid state NMR platforms at CIC energiGUNE are at the top at the international level and are equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated methods available to date. In situ/operando experiments are foreseen as well as the complementary use of synchrotron or neutron radiation. 

Qué ofrecemos

The position is subject to obtaining a Basque Government PhD Grant: 

Qué buscamos

CIC energiGUNE is looking for a highly-motivated candidate with a university degree on Chemistry, Physics or Materials science-Engineering to apply for a Basque Government PhD Grant. Check eligibility section.

The offer is aimed at students currently completing or who have already completed a master degree in related subjects: materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering, etc.

Candidates must show initiative, independent thinking as well as capability to work in collaborative environments. He/she will be part of a multidisciplinary international research team. Good English level is highly recommended.

In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

-          Be resident in the Basque Country prior to 31st December 2016.

-          Be fluent in Spanish or Basque language (for the interview process)

-          Grade records (over 10) higher than: 7.5 in Engineering; .8.0 in Chemistry; 9.0 in Physics.

Note that those candidates not fulfilling all of the above criteria will be automatically discarded. 

How to apply

To apply for a CIC energiGUNE grant please enter your CV and degree certificate record through our website

The selection process ends once a candidate is selected.

CIC Energigune is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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