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CO2 Fuel! Capturing CO2 and Converting to Fuel - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Prof C Faul
    Prof D Fermin
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
To address global environmental challenges, there is a great need to develop CO2 capture, storage and conversion technologies. Porous materials play a vital role in this field, particularly conjugated microporous polymers; they combine π-conjugated structures with permanent porosity, and high thermal and chemical stability. We have developed novel redox-functional porous materials that show highly selective CO2 capture capabilities, and, separately, developed novel electrocatalysts for CO2 conversion. This proposed collaborative project will explore the use of these redox-active functional porous materials in electrocatalytic applications, thus to produce materials capable of capturing CO2 from the air and converting it into a variety of products (e.g. methanol) at low potentials.

Why Choose this Opportunity
The focus of your project will be on microporous polymer systems and their catalytic applications, which will provide an excellent platform to learn about the design of functional materials, electrocatalysis, applications, and the impact that your work can make on global challenges. You will develop and increase your expertise in broad chemical synthesis and characterisation techniques, whilst becoming familiar with the fundamental of electrocatalysis. Furthermore, this project will require your collaboration with other members across two research groups, thus improving your teamwork and networking skills. You will furthermore be developing a range of additional transferable skills, including presentation, scientific writing, and project and time management. Finally, you will be interacting with students from all over the world learning from their culture and skills, adding to your professional and personal development.

About You
Full training will provided for all aspects of this project. In addition to your supervisory team you will be assigned a PhD mentor for the duration of your project, who will provide support and help you to identify any additional training needs or opportunities.
Skills and knowledge that are desirable (but not essential are): synthetic chemistry, analytical skills, electrochemistry, team work and time management.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

How good is research at University of Bristol in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 58.60

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