ReNU is an added value doctoral training programme that will create the next generation of specialists in small scale renewable and sustainable distributed energy applications.
Over the next decades, global demand for electricity is set to soar driven by new applications including for example, the transition to zero carbon emissions vehicles, autonomous electric aero-taxis, wearable devices and healthcare that extends beyond hospital walls. In order to meet this demand and place the United Kingdom in a leading position, highly skilled doctoral graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines are needed.
The CDT in ReNU is a collaboration between Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities. The unique co-location of this expertise in the North East of England will allow you to access state-of-the-art research equipment and high quality supervision.
Doing a PhD at ReNU is no ordinary PhD! In addition to working on a research project at the frontiers of science and engineering, you will benefit from significant additional training over the course of a 4-year programme. This includes business and innovation training, energy policy and opportunities for international travel.
A key objective of ReNU is to develop doctoral graduates who have excellent scientific and technical skills while at the same time, are readily able to understand the business context for innovation in the energy sector. This means that you will develop an understanding that spans from molecules to systems as well as the environmental, political and societal implications for energy research.
Please see individual projects for deadlines.
ReNU invites applications from top quality graduates with a degree (or about to gain a degree) in physics, chemistry, engineering or mathematics or equivalent. You should have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class degree and be strongly motivated by doing independent research. ReNU also welcomes applications from mature students.
If you wish to apply, please see the list of available projects below. For more information about ReNU visit: https://renu.northumbria.ac.uk/
If you wish to discuss your application informally then please contact the relevant ReNU Institution Director for the project you are interested in which at Northumbria is Dr Vincent Barrioz (email@example.com), at Newcastle, Dr Elizabeth Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and at Durham, Dr Chris Groves (email@example.com).
|Better Air-quality, Free Energy, Environmental Sustainability and Higher Animal Productivity; Four Birds with One Stone (RENU21/EE/MCE/BAYATI)||Details|
|Bismuth Chalcohalides for Solar Water-Splitting (RENU21/EE/MPEE/TIWARI)||Details|
|Development of Graphene Silicon-Lithium Ion Battery Anodes (RENU21/EE/MCE/ELMARAKBI)||Details|
|Evaluating the network stability using probabilistic modelling of the future e-mobility ecosystem in urban areas (RENU21/EE/MPEE/MARZBAND)||Details|
|Fluorotonix: Developing fluorescence standards to discover the organic light-emitting diode and organic photovoltaic materials of the future (RENU21/EE/MPEE/ETHERINGTON)||Details|
|Low-carbon framework for a resilient water network (RENU21/EE/MPEE/WU)||Details|
|Modelling disorder in magnesium battery cathode materials (RENU21/EE/MPEE/WHALLEY)||Details|
|Nano-ribbon solar fuel devices (RENU21/EE/MPEE/HUTTER)||Details|
|New perovskite-inspired materials for renewable energy applications (RENU21/EE/MPEE/LONGO)||Details|
|Renewable energy rain or sunshine – harvesting droplet kinetic energy on transparent thin films (RENU21/EE/MCE/LI)||Details|
|Circular Economy Routes to Sustainable Catalysts||Details|
|Decentralised Integration of Renewable Energy sources through smart grid Technologies (DIRECT)||Details|
|Earth Abundant Transparent Conductors For Photovoltaics||Details|
|Grid Protection For Renewable Energy Integration||Details|
|New Oxysulfides For Photocatalytic and Photovoltaic Applications||Details|
|Synthesising Conductive Organic Materials for Energy Devices||Details|
|The impact of material characteristics on the future price of renewable hydrogen||Details|
|Understanding Ion Mobility Mechanisms in Solid Electrolytes||Details|
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