Research course

Sodium Ion Battery Development as a way of reducing dependence upon fossil fuels as a contribution towards solving the climate crisis

Lancaster University · Lancaster University

Entry requirements

Applicants should be interested in energy storage & hold a minimum 2.1 in Chemistry or similar subject. Relevant work experience may be accounted for.

Months of entry

October, September, August, July, June

Course content

Reducing dependence upon fossil fuels as a contribution towards solving the climate crisis will require dramatic improvements in battery economics, safety, and manufacturability. Sodium-ion batteries are an attractive candidate for large-scale stationary energy storage due to the low cost of Na & its abundance compared to Li. The goal of the project is to design improved electrode candidates focusing on layered transition metal oxides, specifically P2 & O3-type compounds. These types of materials will be investigated for their potential use in batteries due to their controllable synthesis and high electrochemical activity.

Plank Labs was founded within the past year by a group of entrepreneurs with a track record of significant prior entrepreneurial success to radically increase adoption of renewable energy sources (Plank’s founders’ previous companies have created over 200,000 jobs across the globe). The Company has capabilities in software, hardware, industrial design, supply chain management, capital-raising, marketing and sales across three continents. Plank Energy, a division of Plank Labs, has developed an energy storage solution using existing battery chemistries that will be launched in first half of 2017.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, we need you to have an appropriate qualification in English i.e. A score of 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component), or a minimum overall mark of 93 in TOEFL.

Please also note that tuition fees of £12,964 per year will need to be paid upfront by international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fully funded; UK/EU tuition fees paid for by partner business
International students
£12,964 per year

This position is fully funded for UK/EU students, meaning that the tuition fees are paid for by the partner business. Fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085 per year to £12,964 per year.

You will also receive a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year (regardless of nationality).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation