Shape the future of new Lithium-Sulfur powered electric vehicles

Apply for one of 8 fully-funded Masters by Research opportunities in new powertrain systems for electric vehicles.

Are you interested in cutting fuel emissions by developing a next-generation electric vehicle powered by new Lithium-Sulfur battery technology? As one of seven universities to receive funding under the federal government’s Automotive Engineering Graduate Program, we’re now offering eight students the opportunity to do so through a fully-funded Masters by Research in new powertrain systems for electric vehicles.

Students will work with expert Monash researchers, student team Monash Motorsport and industry partners Regal Beloit and Bosch on a first-of-its-kind research endeavour in Australia. EVs currently rely on Lithium-Ion batteries, yet Lithium-Sulfur batteries have the potential to be a cheaper and far more fuel-efficient alternative. Students will gain direct experience in developing new methods of Lithium-Sulfur energy storage and power conversion, as well as new autonomous vehicle technologies for the developing EV industry, all with the ultimate aim of making EVs a viable, low-emission default choice for transportation worldwide.

Building on the novel design Lithium-Sulfur battery already developed by Monash researchers Professor Mainak Majumdar and Dr Mahdokht Shaibani, two students will have the opportunity to work with Professor Majumdar, Dr Shaibani and Dr Behrooz Bahrani on further developing the battery for use in EVs, and work collaboratively with a further two students on a battery management system. Working with Dr Bahrani, Regal Beloit’s Dr Heins and Dr Reza Razzaghi, two more students will investigate the design of an integrated smart motor and inverter, while in a collaboration with Bosch and led by Professor Tom Drummond, a further two students will work on autonomous drive-assist systems for overall increased powertrain efficiency.

Internationally-competitive FSAE student team Monash Motorsport, led by Dr Scott Wordley, Dr Bahrani, and Professor Drummond, will test and prove the new EV powertrain technologies during FSAE competition, allowing students the unique opportunity to receive direct feedback on their designs from some of the world’s top automotive engineers.

“We’d like to encourage early-career engineers and talented graduates to apply for this unique opportunity to undertake a fully-funded Masters program, with a yearly stipend included, in this pioneering new area of electric vehicles,” said project lead Dr Bahrani. “This opportunity will directly translate into real industry experience in the growing EV market, with students given the exciting opportunity to work on world-first research shaping the future of EVs in Australia and internationally.”

“As it uses extremely cheap and abundant materials, the Lithium-Sulfur battery is a strong contender to outperform the current Lithium-Ion technology.“ said research fellow Dr Shaibani. “For students, this is an exciting opportunity to make tomorrow's battery today right here at Monash.”

“An important aspect of this research and education program is the opportunity for students to learn in a multidisciplinary environment involving many aspects of energy technology,” Professor Mainak Majumder added. “These include battery formulation and manufacturing, electrical systems design and assessment of emission-free green transportation technologies of the future”.

For more information on how to apply for one of the eight Masters positions, contact Dr Bahrani for powertrain-related projects and Dr Shaibani for energy storage-related projects.