PDRA: Polymers for Solid State Lithium- and Sodium-ion Batteries

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polymer Chemistry to work under the supervision of Professor Charlotte Williams on a research project for a period of up to 24 months. The post is part of a large project investigating the preparation and use of oligomeric and polymeric electrolytes and interface materials for use in solid state lithium and sodium ion batteries. The post is funded by the Faraday Institute and is a part of project SOLBAT which is led by Professor Peter Bruce (Oxford Materials). The post involves oxygenated polymer synthesis, characterisation and testing, including in full cell configurations relevant to batteries. A range of new and known polymers will be explored, including polycarbonates, polyethers and copolymers.

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You should hold a PhD in polymer chemistry or have submitted a thesis prior to taking up your appointment. The research requires experience in the controlled polymerisation methods and production of polycarbonates, polyether and other copolymers. The methods used will be ring-opening copolymerisations of epoxides/CO2 (see J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 4120) and ring-opening polymerisation.

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