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PhD studentship: Electrolysis of sea water for green hydrogen production

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th January 2022
Closes: 18th February 2022
Reference: ENG088

Award Summary

100% of tuition fees for UK/International students plus an annual living allowance of £15,609

Overview

Water Electrolysis is one of the promising routes to green hydrogen production and mid to long term storage of the intermittent renewable energy. Hydrogen and synthetic fuels are envisaged to play central roles in energy storage, renewable heat and the decarbonisation of transport as more countries pursue deep decarbonisation strategies. For the past seven years, more renewable power (260 GW) was added to the grid annually than fossil fuels and nuclear combined. 

The successful candidate will join an international team of 9 PhD students and 16 Postdoctoral researchers across five world leading UK institutions working on the Ocean Refuel programme grant to unlock untapped potential of ocean renewable energy fuels, for more information see here.

Our vision is to harness and convert deep offshore wind and store it in the form of Hydrogen. However, there are several challenges including high materials and energy costs in purifying and desalinating sea water that restrict its use in water electrolysers for hydrogen production.

The project will focus on developing new electrolyser technologies that are capable of using sea water directly with minimal pre-treatment. Seawater is an unlimited and safe water resource that can be used to create hydrogen. The PhD project is flexible and could involve experimental or modelling work or combination of both.

Number Of Awards

1

Start Date

September 2022

Award Duration

3.5 years

Application Closing Date

18 February 2022

Sponsor

Newcastle University and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Supervisors

Dr. Mohamed Mamlouk

Prof. Keith Scott

Eligibility Criteria

We are seeking to appoint a driven, talented, self-motivated, and enthusiastic student to use their initiative to drive their own project and contribute to the goals of the project. You will be supported by team of a diverse and inclusive team of international students and researchers. Both home and international/EU students are welcome to apply.

You should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Bachelor Honours degree, or international equivalent, in engineering or science e.g. Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline. 

How To Apply

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

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must 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 ENG088 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 ENG088 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

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr Mohamed Mamlouk by email to mohamed.mamlouk@ncl.ac.uk

Contact Details

Dr Mohamed Mamlouk - mohamed.mamlouk@ncl.ac.uk

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