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PhD Studentship: Sustainable Novel Catalysts for Zero-emission Combustion of Hydrogen and Ammonia

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Stipend at UKRI rates (£18,622 for 2023-24)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th November 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
Reference: RGR-2324-017

About the Project

This PhD studentship is funded by the pan-university Institute for Sustainability at the University of Surrey. The PhD student will have opportunity to interact with more than 200 academic Sustainability Fellows working on interdisciplinary areas from technologies, societal behaviour, system thinking, to policy and economy, addressing many challenges for achieving Sustainability. Specifically, the PhD student will join the Energy and Environment theme, focusing on research activities within the Chemicals for Net-Zero area.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with strong interest in catalysis and hydrogen economy to take up this exciting PhD project. You will be supervised by Professor Qiong Cai, Dr Kelly Kousi, and Dr Melis Duyar within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and collaborate with other postdoctoral researchers and PhD students who work on experimental synthesis and testing of catalysts. In this PhD project, you will develop low cost and durable catalysts for catalytic conversion of NH3 to N2 and H2, and conversion of NOx to N2. You will develop skills in materials synthesis, characterisation, and testing of catalytic activity. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with scientists at the UK and European synchrotron centres for advanced characterization of the catalyst materials.

The University of Surrey is ranked 13th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2024 and was awarded The University of the Year for Graduate Employment by Good University Guide 2022. You will be well supported for your PhD journey and your career development with comprehensive tailor-designed training programme, mentoring schemes, and one-to-one career advice and support offered to all researchers within the University of Surrey.

Supervisors: Professor Qiong Cai, Dr Kelly Kousi, and Dr Melis Duyar.

Entry requirements

Open to candidates who pay UK/home rate fees. See UKCISA for further information. Starting in April 2024. Later start dates may be possible – please contact Professor Qiong Cai once deadline passes.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or other relevant major degrees. Prior experience in research projects is desirable but not essential.

How to apply

Any interested candidates should apply online via the Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD programme page by 31 January 2024. Before you apply, please send your CV (with details of educational background, academic achievements, and any research experience) to Professor Qiong Cai to discuss the suitability of your academic background for this PhD project. 

Funding 

Full UK tuition fee waiver. Stipend at UKRI rates (£18,622 for 2023-24). Fully and directly funded for this project only. Open to candidates who pay UK/home rate fees. See UKCISA for further information. Funding is for 3.5 years. 

Application deadline 

31 January 2024 

Enquiries 

Contact Professor Qiong Cai

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RGR-2324-017

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