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PhD Studentship in Engineering High Performance, Cost Effective and Durable Electrodes for Alkaline Exchange Membrane Electrolysers

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2021
Closes: 6th February 2022

Award Summary

The studentship covers full UK/International fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609

Overview

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project described below at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training.

The project will develop skills in polymer and catalyst synthesis, electrode and electrolyser engineering and will involve an industrial placement to evaluate water electrolysers for hydrogen production at industrial relevant scale and conditions. During this project you will synthesize and fabricate anion exchange polymers embedded with earth abundant bimetallic nanoparticles as electrodes for the hydrogen evolution reaction. State-of-the-art characterization techniques will be used to identify the composition of the bimetallic nanoparticles and develop an understanding of how the composition, size, morphology, surface electronic-structure and surface-support interactions influence their performance as catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction. These studies will guide identification of an optimal electrode that will be tested for its durability and longevity in water electrolysers under industrial conditions.  

Number of Awards: 1

Start date: September 2022 

Award duration: 4 years

Sponsor

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Supervisors

Newcastle University:

Dr. Simon Doherty (Chemistry) and Dr. Mohamed Mamlouk (Chemical Engineering)

Durham University:

Dr. Simon Beaumont (Chemistry)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic excellence 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Academic excellence in an appropriate subject area relevant to proposed project.
  • The award is available to UK and international applicants.
  • If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills

How To Apply

Applicant should include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and include the advert reference number.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create an account’. All relevant fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8208F in the programme of study section
  • Select PhD Energy Materials as the programme of study
  • Insert the advert reference number renu2201 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code renu2201, 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.

Newcastle University values individual differences and the diversity that this brings. We want to ensure that no-one is at a disadvantage because of who they are. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, and requests for flexible study (e.g. part-time) are welcomed.

Contact Details

simon.doherty@newcastle.ac.uk

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