Materials engineering challenges in the batteries field
keywords BATTERY, COMPOSITE, ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES, ELECTRIC VEHICLES, ELECTROCHEMISTRY, BATTERIES, LI-ION, ELECTROLYTE, ENERGY, ENERGY STORAGE, POLYMERS, SAFETY, SMART MATERIALS, SUSTAINABILITY
Reference persons FEDERICO BELLA
Research Groups Electrochemistry Group @PoliTO
Thesis type EXPERIMENTAL, IN LAB
Description Electrochemical energy storage represents one of the main research lines worldwide, above all driven by the growing number of portable electronic devices owned by each person. All these devices are based on rechargeable batteries. In addition to this, the current energy transition is requiring the development of new types of batteries (post-lithium), for example aimed at storing the electricity generated by photovoltaic and/or wind power plants.
Materials engineering is a key discipline in this sector and, despite the fact that the master's degree course does not offer adequate means for the training of students in this field, the Electrochemistry Group offers high-level theses to qualify future engineers. The Electrochemistry Group is the only Italian academic actor, moreover, in the field of Battery 2030+ (https://battery2030.eu/), the European Commission initiative that manages continental research in the field of batteries, aimed at developing gigafactories by 2030.
In fact, a thesis in the field of batteries is an excellent business card for an engineer who wants to present himself/herself at best to industry or international academic life.
The candidate will work in the laboratories of DISAT department and, in some cases, also in the laboratories of the University of Turin. The candidate will deal with the preparation of the cell components, their characterization, assembly of prototypes and their testing under simulated operating conditions: the advantage of this type of thesis is that the candidate has the opportunity to see an entire preparation process of devices at a laboratory scale, starting from the preparation of the individual components and assembling the battery at the end of the work.
If the candidate gets scholarships (such as those offered by the university for conducting thesis abroad) or own funding, it is possible to spend a period of activity abroad in one of the laboratories with which the research group collaborates.
The thesis work will be adapted according to the candidate's cultural background: chemical, materials, energy, environmental, nanotechnology engineering, etc. In any case, a two-week laboratory training is foreseen with the aim of making a reset and putting everyone in the conditions to be able to work independently on their thesis project.
Required skills Il Gruppo di Elettrochimica Ŕ un team di ricercatori di fama internazionale nel campo dell'energia (vedi i recenti successi del gruppo a questo link: https://www.facebook.com/ElectrochemistryGroupPoliTO). Chi Ŕ interessato a questa tesi proposta dal gruppo deve essere in possesso di questi requisiti:
- Avere al massimo 2 esami ancora da sostenere;
- Avere una media almeno di 27/30;
- CapacitÓ di lavorare in gruppo;
- Saper presentare i risultati (grafici, slides, report);
- Voglia di lavorare.
Notes The candidate will work on a work line currently active in the research team, gaining the experience of working in the field of applied research in an academic laboratory.
Deadline 30/09/2023 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA