CIC energiGUNE offers a PhD thesis position: a mechanistic approach to the kinetic response of cathode materials for Na-ion batteries. This project aims at overcoming these bottleneck issues on the cathode side through two complementary approaches. First, the study of the mechanisms of insertion/extraction by the use of operando X-ray diffraction technique, complemented by the development of in-situ magnetic measurements. This later represents a novel technique expected to allow tracking the redox activity of the cathode material, which typically relies on redox changes of magnetically active transition metals. Second, the study of the kinetics of the redox reaction and its correlation with the power capability of the material. This is key to gather the required parameters allowing to predict the performance of a SIB using the studied materials.
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