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Electrocatalysis for Energy Conversion and Storage

Department of Chemistry

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Prof A Cuesta Ciscar Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Electrochemistry allows to convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy, and vice versa, with high efficiency and, therefore, electrochemical systems are excellent candidates to store energy from renewables and convert it back into work when needed.

In order to achieve high efficiency at low cost, the electrochemical system has to be optimised to achieve fast reaction kinetics, which implies developing finding the right combination of electrocatalytic material and electrolyte composition, but also a deep understanding of the mechanism of electrocatalytic reactions.

In this project, electrochemical techniques will be coupled with spectroscopic (mainly FTIR) and structural (STM) techniques in situ, with the aim of understanding the mechanism of electrocatalytic reactions and the effect on reaction rate of both the catalyst surface and electrolyte composition, thereby contributing to the developing of efficient electrocatalytic processes for energy conversion and storage. The work will also involve the use of single-crystal electrodes, in order to analyse possible structure-reactivity or structure-selectivity aspects.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Chemistry.

It is essential that the successful applicant has a background in Physical Chemistry along with a basic knowledge in Electrochemistry.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded) as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
• Details of 2 academic referees

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor A Cuesta Ciscar ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Chemistry. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THESE PROJECTS. Applicants should also be aware that Additional Research Costs of £5,000 per annum are required (above Tuition Fees and Living Expenses) for consumables.
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