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Development of application of advanced composite sorbents


   School of Chemical Engineering

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  Dr Y Li  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Thermochemical energy storage can be considered an energy-efficient approach that offers a wide opportunity for conserving primary energy sources as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The advantage of high storage densities and minor thermal losses makes the technology attractive for integrated long-term energy storage such as thermal batteries and chemical heat pumps. The viability and performance of the processes and systems are largely determined by the properties of the sorbents.

This project will focus on ammonia-based chemisorption and will be mainly experimental-based. The key tasks are the development of novel composite sorbents as well as the heat/mass transfer kinetics of the sorption/desorption process in an existing reaction bed. The experimental work will be processed within the brand-new, well-founded energy storage research lab (Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage):

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/research/centre-energy-storage/index.aspx

The student will be working closely with other team members and collaborators of the HARVEST projects funded by EPSRC (EP/V041665/1: https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/V041665/1). The candidate will also have opportunities to visit oversea collaborators (secondment) and the travel expense will be fully covered by a H2020 RISE project CO-COOL: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101007976

For informal enquires please contact Dr Yongliang Li at [Email Address Removed]. Please include a CV and transcripts in your email.

Degree Requirements:

The candidate must have a master degree in one of the following areas: chemistry/chemical engineering/materials science or other related area. Candidates with experiences in experimental laboratory work and a strong interest in new materials development are preferred. Furthermore, the candidate should be ready to meet new challenges and like team working. Fluent English speaking and writing are required.

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