PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: State of the art novel catalysts for environmental reaction engineering

Newcastle University

Value of award

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

January 2017 for 3 years.

Application closing date

Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.


Is it possible to design a novel catalyst system where the evolution of the active components can be tailored during the reaction?

Typically, the active components of catalyst structures are prepared by deposition techniques where the active components or precursors of the active components are attached onto a support via a thermal process. This approach offers a limited control on the active component characteristics. In this project, we investigate a new class of novel perovskite materials where the active phase is grown from the perovskite support through in situ exsolution process. Initial experiments in our group have shown that these tuneable perovskite materials present colossal catalytic activity in a wide series of environmentally important reactions. 

The main aim of this project is to better understand the effect of these nano-features on various chemical processes and optimise the design of these new class of novel materials.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC (DTA)

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor I Metcalfe, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Eligibility Criteria

You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants. In the case of outstanding international candidates it may be possible that the University will make an award to cover the difference in tuition fees. If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

You must also have the potential for performing original research.

How to apply

If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should email a CV, covering letter plus two references to Professor Metcalfe.

The successful applicant will then be asked to apply for University admission using the University’s online postgraduate application form Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.

  • Insert the program code 8030F in the program of study section
  • Select ‘PhD School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials - Chemical Engineering' as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code CE052 in the studentship/partnership reference
  • Attach a covering letter and C.V. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CE052 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Professor I Metcalfe
School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Telephone +44 (0)191 208 5279

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