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Resource availability for future vehicles

The wholesale change from combustion to electric powertrains for passenger and light goods vehicles presents a number of challenges. Not only the pace of change desired by politicians, but technical, design, manufacturing, and resource availability all place barriers in the way to achieving a low carbon transport system. There are competing demands for materials for future vehicles with other fast-growing technologies. Some of these materials are exotic or rare. The aim is to look at patterns in 'peak use' and to link demand and price to estimate the resources that may be available for low carbon cars of the future.

Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper‐second class honours degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. Good mathematical skills are essential. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and independently, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.