About the Project
CDT Sustainable Hydrogen
The Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Ulster have joined forces to become a national CDT in Sustainable Hydrogen. The CDT is collaborating with over 40 companies and organisations to provide a new integrated PhD experience. The CDT offers a training programme which supports the cohort throughout their PhD journey providing the multidisciplinary training you’d expect, but also developing entrepreneurial, project and management skills along with the skills needed to communicate your ideas to a wide range of audiences. Further information about the CDT and the integrated PhD programme can be found at the CDT website: http://www.sustainablehydrogen-cdt.ac.uk/
Nanoclusters of catalytically active transition metals (Pt, Pd, Ni) will be integrated with carbon nanotubes or hollow carbon nanofibers using computational predictions of the metal-carbon bonding and interactions. Guided by computational modelling, control of electrochemical activity will be achieved through fabrication of metal nanoclusters with bespoke size and composition, and by defect engineering (e.g. step-edge, vacancy) in the carbon nanoreactors. Electrochemical activity and durability of the electrocatalytic nanoreactors will be tested in the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), and structural / chemical changes in the electrocatalyst will be monitored at nanoscale by TEM, Raman and XPS. The computational modelling of HER and ORR will underpin the obtained results.
This project will be supervised by Professor Elena Besley, Dr. Jesum Alves Fernandes and Professor Andrei Khlobystov, from the School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham.
Applicants should have or expect to obtain a distinction or equivalent honours degree in Master of Science, Master of Research in Chemistry, or a related discipline. Applications are encouraged from those with work experience in a related area that gives an equivalent level of training to that of a science/engineering graduate.
How to apply
Please submit your CV, cover letter and complete the equal opportunities form via https://www.sustainablehydrogen-cdt.ac.uk/applications/apply.aspx
Please refer to the project title when sending your e-mail/application. Informal enquires about the project or the CDT can also be sent to [Email Address Removed].
This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.
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