PhD Studentship in Engineering: The Use of Perovskite-Type Oxygen-Carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

Newcastle University - School of Engineering

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 £14,553 (2017/18). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: September 2018 for 3 years.

Application closing date: Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.


The main technology for H2 production is via steam reforming of hydrocarbons (usually natural gas) with CO2 as an undesired by-product of the process. However, with chemical looping, CO2 can easily be separated for subsequent sequestration while producing high purity H2.

This technology requires a solid oxygen carrier to provide oxygen for fuel oxidation; the reduction of water generates H2. Therefore, the development of a suitable material to be used as an oxygen carrier for hydrogen production via chemical looping technology at an industrial scale is of paramount importance. The suitability of perovskites or hybrid materials combining with perovskite and metal oxides for use as oxygen carriers will be the prime focus of this research.

This project will be supported by activities of our group The Applications of Ion Transport Group at Newcastle University as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub.

Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC (DTA)

Name of supervisor(s): Professor I Metcalfe, Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering

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 in Chemical Engineering - Chemical Engineering' as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code CE050 in the studentship/partnership reference
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG001 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, Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, E-mail: +44 (0)191 208 5279

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