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NERC-funded PhD studentships:  Departments of Chemistry and Physics Imperial College London and Imperial College Business School

NERC-funded PhD studentships: Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership integrates six host partners and several business and policy sector partners, to offer an exciting programme that trains and inspires the next generation of environmental experts and leaders to address some of the toughest challenges of our time. The SSCP DTP is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and based at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London.

Projects for an October 2022 start are listed below. Some projects listed are led by a core partner and co-supervised by an Imperial supervisor - these are listed both under the department as well as the core partner and are marked with an asterisk*. For a full list of these and other projects, further details on the studentships, information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply, go to:

For project-related queries, contact individual supervisors. For general enquiries about the SSCP DTP, contact Christiane Morgan, Doctoral Training Coordinator (

Closing date for applications: midday (12pm GMT), 7 January 2022.

List of supervisors and projects in Physics in 2022

Professor Ralf Toumi - A global tropical cyclone model

Dr Paulo Ceppi - How does moisture affect the circulation of the atmosphere?

Professor Jenny Nelson - Evaluating carbon based materials for sustainable electrochemical energy storage

Dr Edward Gryspeerdt - Measuring the timescales for precipitation - how quickly can you make a cloud rain?

List of supervisors and projects in Mathematics in 2022

Professor Colin Cotter – Transport-oriented tools for weather forecast verification

List of supervisors and projects in Chemical Engineering in 2022

Dr Antonio Del Rio Chanona - Planning Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure through Machine Learning to Mitigate Carbon Emissions and Climate Uncertainty

Professor Jason Hallett - Upcycling of waste cellulose to nanocomposites using ionic liquids

Professor Adam D Hawkes - Global bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): an environmental, economic and social analysis

Dr Qilei Song - Sustainable membranes for renewable energy conversion and storage

List of supervisors and projects in Chemistry in 2022

Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot - Food-grade protein extraction from microalgae using cutting edge clean and green separation methods

Professor Anthony Kucernak - Grid-scale energy storage in flow batteries using sustainable materials

Professor Anthony Kucernak - Development of next-generation water electrolysis for green hydrogen production

List of supervisors and projects in Mechanical Engineering in 2022

Dr Marc Masen - Biomimetic lubrication – learning from nature to provide sustainable lubrication solutions

Dr Stelios Rigopoulos - Aggregation in turbulent plumes arising from volcanic eruptions

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