|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed On:||4th January 2019|
|Closes:||31st March 2019|
Value of award
100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,777 (at 2018/19 rate). Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).
Number of awards
Start date and duration
January or September start date for 3 years - other dates may be available
Application closing date
31 March 2019. Prompt application is advised.
A new reactor concept has been developed for the important industrial chemical reaction of H2 production from the water-gas shift reaction. The method uses chemical looping (CL) with a non-stoichiometric oxygen-carrier material (OCM). The student will synthesise and characterise first generation oxygen carrier materials - primarily non-stoichiometric oxides in the La(Sr)FeO3 family. These samples will be characterised before and after neutron beam-time by, e.g., surface area analysis (BET) and laboratory X-ray diffraction. Neutron scattering will be employed to test and develop thermodynamic models of the materials in reference and operating environments.
You will spend some time at the ISIS facility to design, construct and commission a sample environment for the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source diffractometers. This unique in-situ sample environment shall consist of a multi-gas flow reactor and furnace assembly for use on the HRPD and Polaris beam lines at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, which will allow chemical engineering processes to be transferred to neutron scattering beam lines and a fundamental understanding of functional materials properties to be developed.
Name of supervisor(s)
Professor I Metcalfe, Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Newcastle University
Dr Wenting Hu, School of Engineering, Newcastle University
Professor John Evans, Department of Chemistry, Durham University
Professor Martin Owen Jones, Inorganic Chemistry, Lincoln College, University of Oxford and Energy Materials Coordinator for the ISIS Neutron spallation Facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, or a related subject.
This award is available to UK/EU applicants. 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 system. To do this please 'Create a new account'.
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