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

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 fees and annual living allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th June 2019
Closes: 12th July 2019
Reference: ENG001

Value of award

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2019 for 3 years.

Application closing date

12 July 2019.


Hydrogen is predicted to be a major energy vector of the future. Major commercial activities in a range of applications is making this future an inevitability. This PhD will place you at the leading edge of hydrogen production processes of significant promise for large scale hydrogen generation.

Current options for hydrogen production also produce greenhouse gases as a byproduct. In this project you will work on chemical looping processes, where such byproducts are inherently separated. Chemical looping processes have seen impressive development across a range of sectors (as well as hydrogen production they are extensively used for carbon capture), and are undoubtedly going to be extensively used in the future energy economy. You will be involved in the synthesis, characterisation and testing of looping materials, with the ultimate goal of efficient hydrogen production to underpin our societal future.

The facilities and opportunities provided to you are unparalleled. Through our home institution, collaborative partners and networks, we have access to the brightest and best people and equipment. Whether your intention is to continue into academia, or to prepare yourself for cutting-edge industrial work, this project will prepare you for a future as a leader in hydrogen production.


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 only.  Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8030F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) - Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ENG001 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • 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
Telephone +44 (0)191 208 5279

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