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Carbon Dioxide Utilisation via Co-electrolysis: Development of Nano-structured Electrodes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Recycling carbon dioxide to form fuel gives the potential for a carbon neutral fuel cycle – reducing net CO2 emissions and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Electrolysis using a solid oxide cell has been shown to be an effective way of co-reducing CO2 and H2O to form syngas, the precursor for synthetic fuels. Over 80% of the cost of co-electrolysis is due to electrical energy contributions. For full scale commercialisation of SOEC technology, cell resistances need to be decreased to improve performance and therefore increase cost effectiveness.

The goal of this project is to improve the performance of SOEC technology by developing highly active electrodes. The project is predominantly experimental and will involve producing and assessing the performance of nano-structured electrodes. Exsolution will be used to create electrodes with high surface area and high catalytic activity. Electrodes for both the fuel and oxygen side of the cell will be investigated.

Training will be provided on all the experimental equipment used, including high temperature electrolysis test stations, scanning electron microscopy, impedance spectroscopy, materials processing, gas chromatography and relevant software.

This project covers many aspects of engineering and is in an exciting and rapidly developing field. Clean energy is becoming increasingly important and the employment prospects at the end of the project are excellent.

Lab consumables and materials for experiments e.g. gases, cell materials. Equipment is already available in my laboratory and those in MSE. Consumables will be funded through grants that I hold and am currently applying for.

Funding Notes

Masters degree in chemical engineering, materials science or related subject.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

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