Experimental Design Awards
The STFC Global Challenge Network in Batteries and Electrochemical Energy Devices promotes collaboration between world-class users and developers of large-scale research facilities and provides a forum to draw together researchers from a range of disciplines. To maximise the value of the large-scale investments (particularly in neutron, synchrotron and laser facilities), it is essential to design experiments and in-situ environments that can be effectively integrated into beam lines. This is of particular importance for electrochemical devices, where researchers are striving to explore the response of materials, devices and interfaces to a range of environmental and lifetime conditions.
This grant scheme will provide up to £8,000 for research consumables to aide this process. It is envisaged that in-situ rigs and environments will be developed with input from STFC beam line scientists enabling the transfer of best practice methodologies and technique standardisation to the wider community. Beam lines will retain designs of the ‘rigs’ in order to build up a library of in-situ environments for the user community. Indicative awards are: to support the development of in-situ environments for large-scale facilities research e.g. a fuel cell or battery with X-ray transparency, a high temperature furnace for a beam line, a protective environment for studying air sensitive materials etc.
Applications must be received by the 27th of September.