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4 year funded PhD Studentship: High Capacity Mixed Metal Borohydrides Ammoniates for Hydrogen Storage Applications

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,677 stipend per annum + covers tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th May 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019
Reference: ENG1279

Applications are invited to undertake a 4 year EPSRC funded CDT PhD studentship at the University of Nottingham. The successful applicant will join the new Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Hydrogen.

CDT Sustainable Hydrogen

The Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Ulster have joined forces to become a national CDT in Sustainable Hydrogen. The CDT is collaborating with over 40 companies and organisations to provide a new integrated PhD experience. The CDT offers a training programme which supports the cohort throughout their PhD journey providing the multidisciplinary training you’d expect, but also developing entrepreneurial, project and management skills along with the skills needed to communicate your ideas to a wide range of audiences. Further information about the CDT and the integrated PhD programme can be found at the CDT website:

Project specification

Hydrogen is a promising alternative energy carrier for the future due to its high specific energy and environmental friendliness. Hydrogen storage technologies to support renewable energy systems and low-carbon transportation is a key technical challenge. Ammonia can be catalytically split in to N2 and H2 and its hydrogen content is about 17.3 wt.%, which can store 30 % more energy per volume than liquid H2. Utilization of NH3 for on-board storage system is hampered due to its toxicity. A new class of materials called Metal Borohydride Ammoniates (MBAs) show improved hydrogen storage properties. MBAs tend to release hydrogen/ammonia gas at more practical temperatures and with greater purity. This research will focus on the development of novel Mixed Metal Borohydride Ammoniates (MMBAs) to achieve even higher hydrogen storage densities, elucidate the reaction mechanisms responsible for the release mechanism and investigate catalysts to accelerate the release of hydrogen from these materials. The project involves synthesis of various MMBAs, a variety of material characterisation techniques (e.g. XRD, TGA, DSC, FTIR, GC-MS) and hydrogen performance testing by the Sieverts’ technique. There will also be opportunities to use large scale facilities such as neutron diffraction at the Institut Laue Langevin in France.

This project will be supervised by Professors Gavin Walker, David Grant and Dr. Kandavel Manickam, from the Advanced Materials Research Group, Faculty of Engineering.


The CDT studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and provides a tax-free stipend of £16,677 per annum. The studentship eligibility criteria are defined by the EPSRC. Funding is provided to cover travel and subsistence costs related to the CDT training and research activities and an Equality and Diversity discretionary fund provides additional support where needed to ensure all students within the cohort have access to similar opportunities.


Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Masters degree in these areas would be advantageous. Applications are encouraged from those with work experience in a related area that gives an equivalent level of training to that of a science/engineering graduate.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to

Please refer to the project title when sending your e-mail/application. Informal enquires about the project or the CDT can also be sent to

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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