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Catalytic upgrading of CO2 ¬over heterogeneous catalysts

Department of Chemical Engineering

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
London United Kingdom Chemical Engineering

About the Project

Introduction: The emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere is a major contributor to anthropogenic climate change, and is a factor of global concern. In this context, the regeneration of fuels and base chemicals by catalytic conversion of CO2 is of particular interest, as it provides means for society to chemically store excess renewable energy, minimise further CO2 emissions, (re)generate chemicals from waste and hence promote a circular economy.

Outline of PhD: The aim of this PhD is to investigate the catalytic conversion of CO2 to chemicals and fuels, using heterogeneous catalysts, electrochemistry and/or photochemistry. In this respect, our team is seeking a talented PhD student to lead our efforts. Several research challenges and projects will be explored during the PhD, including

·      (Photo)catalytic reduction of CO2

·      Electrocatalytic reduction of CO2

·      Catalytic upgrading of C1 fragments.

A variety of catalytic systems and heterogeneous materials will be investigated, and detailed project descriptions and planning will be undertaken directly with the successful candidate.

The project will entail a wide range of methods, including catalyst production, catalytic testing (batch, continuous flow, high pressure), analytical studies, and in situ spectroscopy. Process simulation and molecular modelling may also be undertaken. The primary aims will be to develop new ways to upgrade CO2 to valuable chemicals and fuels. Opportunities for industrial and international collaboration are available.

Candidate description: We are seeking an exceptionally talented and motivated student to join our young, ambitious research team. Students should hold – or expect to obtain – a first class, or upper second class, honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, or a related subject. Previous knowledge of catalysis, chemical reaction engineering and inorganic materials chemistry is preferred.   

Application procedure: Candidates should send a CV and a personal statement directly to Ceri Hammond (). The personal statement should include the rational for applying for the position, a summary of previous research experience, and an overview of their suitability for the position.

Funding Notes

Our team has a fully-funded, 42 month PhD studentship available. This studentship is available to students of all nationalities. We anticipate students commencing their PhD studies between July 2021 and January 2021.

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