Electrochemical Recycling of Lithium Batteries
Supervisor: Dr Rohit Bhagat
Lithium batteries consist of various valuable compounds embedded in different layers with structural materials surrounding them. Lithium is a strategic material and will become increasingly important as electrification of vehicles continues.Â Currently only a small percentage of these batteries are recycled as it is difficult to recover value in a cost effective way. The aim of this project is to develop a molten salt method of recovering value from batteries.
WMG has invested Â£13 million creating an Energy Innovation Centre that will support this work.
- Investigate molten salts as a method to recover lithium from batteries.
- Construct a lab scale molten process and recover lithium from batteries supplied by Jaguar Land Rover.
- Understand the recovery efficiency of the process and the energy requirements for the process.
- Establish the process at WMG to recycle batteries at the Energy Innovation Centre.
Awards available:Â 1 award available
Funding: Fees and maintenance at RCUK Level
Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)
Eligibility:Â Due toÂ funding restrictions the applicant should be eligible as a UK/EU student
Applicants should have a First Class UK honour degree or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science.
Experience of molten salts, thermodynamics, electrochemistry or a MSc in a relevant subject is highly desirable.
Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to Jennifer Kirkwood at [email protected].Â
For further information, please visit: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/researchdegrees
Deadline:Â 30 June 2013