PhD project

Point Defect Characterization in Energy Materials

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Application deadline

30 June 2023

About the project

Vacancy related point defects are of fundamental importance for a diverse range of energy materials, from fuel cell materials to fusion reactor wall materials. Conventional materials characterization methods are normally not capable of detecting and identifying point defects. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy methods, when combined with density functional theory calculations have the capability of detecting and identifying the local structure of vacancy-related point defects.

This project can involve both computational calculations of positron annihilation parameters using two-component density functional theory, for example using Abinit and MIKA-Doppler, as well as experimental PAS studies. Initial studies will focus on suitable model fuel-cell oxide materials, for example, LiMPO4 (M = Fe, Ni, Mn, etc). This project will involve collaboration with several groups in Europe.

How to apply

  1. Email Professor David Keeble ( to:
    • send a copy of your CV
    • discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date)
  2. After discussion with Professor Keeble, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Physics.
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