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Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation

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  Prof Eileen Yu, Dr B Buckley  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration due to fossil-based chemical consumption has significant impacts on climate change. UK has set the target of Net zero for emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2050. To achieve this goal, it is important to close the CO2 cycling loop. Current CO2 capture technologies are energy intensive and costly. Direct capture and release of CO2 at low temperatures and ambient pressures using electrochemical redox processes can be an alternative low energy route, which is mostly unexplored.

In this project we will explore the electrochemical activation of carbon dioxide for capture/release utilising redox compounds. The project will be a collaboration between Chemical Engineering (Prof. Yu) and Chemistry (Dr Buckley) aligned with the UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre For Circular Chemical Economy. The project will involve primarily electrochemical engineering, with initial synthesis/analysis/characterisation of redox molecules. Related publications from the supervisors: Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 2021, 60, 21832; J.Am.Chem.Soc. 2020, 142, 1780; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 601; Sustainable Energy&Fuels, 2020, 4, 277; J.CO2 Utilization, 2019, 30, 214.

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You will join the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The Yu and Buckley Groups conduct world leading research in sustainability. The groups are part of the recently funded, Loughborough led, £4.3 M UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy.


The aim of this project is to develop an innovative technology on integrated CO2 capture and conversion to produce platform chemicals utilising an electrochemical approach. To achieve this goal the objectives are to investigate:

  1. Novel compounds for effective CO2 electrochemical capture and concentration.
  2. Solid capture medium
  3. An Integrated Electrochemical CO2 capture and conversion system.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, chemistry or a related subject. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, electrosynthesis, organic synthesis, carbon dioxide utilisation.

Please see the programme website for international entry requirements by country.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Chemistry'. Please quote reference number: BB/CM/2022.

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects within the School. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early 2022. The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.
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