HDR Scholarship - Preventing premature failure of batteries by using in operando magnetic resonance imaging

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Preventing premature failure of batteries by using in operando magnetic resonance imaging'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisors


GTP Research


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

To advance the field of energy storage devices there is a need for non-invasive techniques to visualize the distribution of electrogenerated species between electrodes and electrolytes in real time and during battery operation (in operando), in a quantitative manner.

Project aim

In this project, in operando magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used to map radical ions diffusing in the electrolyte from the cathode with the final aim of understanding and preventing the premature failure of the battery. This approach will provide insights into the dynamics, speciation and location of such radical species where averaged information over the entire battery volume is attained. This is very specific information that would be difficult or impossible to obtain using other conventional techniques.

Advanced liquid and solid state electrolytes based on ionic liquids will be targeted during this project and parameter such as electrolyte composition and structure of the ionic liquid will be studied during this project. 1H, 19F and 23Na MRI images will be obtained from the electrolytes, providing spatial and time-resolved information that will be correlated with device performance/failure.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • The candidate should have a background in physical science with sound knowledge of electrochemistry, and ideally also physics
  • Experience in NMR or MRI is highly desirable.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo or Dr Luke O'Dell

Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo
Senior Research Fellow (Electromaterials)
Email Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo
+61 3 924 46634

Dr Luke O'Dell
Senior Lecturer in Magnetic Resonance
Email Luke O'Dell
+61 3 522 73076