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Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Metal Corrosion Mechanisms in Molten Salts used in Concentrated Solar Power Systems (EPSRC DTP)

University of Leeds

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leeds
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Covers fees & maintenance grant
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th February 2019
Closes: 31st March 2019

Funded PhD project: UK and EU
Value: A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£4,327 in Session 2019/20), together with a maintenance grant (£15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.
Number of awards: 1
Deadline: 31/03/2019
Supervisors: Dr Frederick Pessu and Professor Anne Neville. Contact Dr Frederick Pessu to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Molten salt technology is a step towards solving the “black hole” of energy storage in solar power systems, promising to generate up to 12-25% of global energy by 2050. However with the use of molten salt technology come issues of corrosion and chemical degradation at salt–metal interfaces.

Corrosion in Concentrated Solar Plants (CSP) is related to the ionic properties of molten salts at high temperatures, transportation of oxidising agents contained in the salts to the metal due to chemical speciation/degradation and the potential for a complex combination of different degradation mechanisms occurring at extremely high temperatures up to 800˚C.

The project will be largely experimental and will involve the development of the science of improving next generation materials for mitigating molten salt corrosion. There will be a combination of electrochemical testing and post-test analysis involving advanced surface analysis. The techniques will include X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron microscope and other corrosion characterisation techniques.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or are expecting a first class honours degree or an upper second class degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials or Engineering.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Metal corrosion mechanisms in molten salts used in concentrated solar power systems (EPSRC DTP)' as well a Dr Frederick Pessu as your supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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