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Electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels: factors controlling efficiency

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project will explore electrocatalysts that can be used for the production of chemical fuels from CO2. The approach has the potential to offer a sustainable route to carbon based fuels. However to realise this goal either new catalysts or approaches for the reduction of CO2 to products such as CO, CH3OH, CH4 are required.

This project will use vibrational spectroscopy to study the surface of electrodes for CO2 reduction under operating conditions. The aim is to identify the optimal operating conditions (solvents, temperatures) and catalysts. The student will work closely with a synthetic programme that will utilise the design rules developed to deliver new materials. To achieve these goals the successful student will use a recently developed sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG) experiment at Liverpool which we have shown to be a powerful tool to study surface mechanisms (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139(39), 13791-13797 and Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 952-959).
Applications are encouraged from highly motivated candidates who have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Materials of Physics.

The post is open to EU/UK candidates and provides full tuition fees and a stipend at UKRI standard rates (currently £14,777 p.a.). Some teaching duties may be required to be carried out during the PhD studentship. Applications should be made as soon as possible. Informal enquiries are also encouraged and should be addressed to

Please note this position will close once a suitable candidate is found.

Funding Notes

The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years (currently £14,777 p.a.) and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in October 2019. Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website.

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