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Catalytic production of Hydrogen from waste: Utilising nanostructure catalysts

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

Project Description

Reference: CM/SK-Un1/2019
School: School of Science
Location: Loughborough
UK/EU Fee band: Research Band 2 Laboratory Based (£TBC)
International Fee band: Research Band 2 Laboratory Based (£21,100)
Full Time Duration: 3 years
Part Time Duration: 6 years
Preferred start date: October 1st 2019.

Waste oxygenated hydrocarbons in waste water streams can be converted into valuable hydrogen or alkanes. Currently this is performed using expensive platinum based heterogeneous catalysts. The project will look into using earth abundant metals, such as iron and nickel to make active and selective catalysts. The project will involve a range of material synthesis techniques to make a range of new catalyst formulations that are highly active and selective for hydrogen production.

A significant proportion of the applicants time will be spent developing a flow reactor, in which catalysts formulations can be activated in-situ and data can be acquired using in-line analysis.

The applicant will prepare , characterise and test heterogeneous catalysts using facilities at Loughborough university. Skills in XRD, XPS, XAFS, micros-copy and adsorption based characterisation techniques will be developed.

The PhD is for 3 years and requires the applicant to provide funds for their studies.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/english/

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:
- Chemistry
- Chemical engineering

How to apply:

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.

Reference: CM/SK-Un1/2019
School: School of Science

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/research-applications/


Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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