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High Selectivity Membranes For Electrochemical Energy Devices

Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Manchester United Kingdom Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Energy Technologies Environmental Engineering Physical Chemistry

About the Project

The global energy demand for a new reliable energy system with no greenhouse gas emissions leads to electrochemical processes to play a pivotal role in the global power generation, because the efficient interconversion of electrical and chemical energies as well as the ability of storage that energy.

Membranes play a fundamental role in some electrochemical energy devices (EEDs) since they are the electrolyte to allow the transport of the ions from anode to cathode but at the same time act as insolation from both electrodes. However, the migration of active species from one electrode to another are the most important limitation for those membranes leading a decrease of the performance of 60% in some cases.

This project pursues an innovate approach to develop new polymeric membranes for improving the efficiently and long-term performance of EEDs. The objective of this project is the design, development and evaluation in terms of chemical properties, hindering permeability of the actives species as well as the in-situ electrochemical characterization of novel membranes for EEDs.

The successful candidate will receive training and will gain knowledge in the fields of electrochemistry, materials synthesis and characterization (2D materials, graphene oxide, and reduced graphene oxide), membranes technology, aiming to emerge as a well-rounded scientist, capable to work across disciplines. She/he will have also the opportunity and will get the support to develop valuable soft kills as problem solving, time management, creative way of thinking, communication (e.g. presentation skills and technical report writing) which will contribute to the further career progression.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) is a world leader in industrially relevant research and teaching in chemical engineering and related subjects. We undertake leading edge, multidisciplinary and creative research on a wide range of topics and we provide a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in either a Chemical Engineering or Chemistry honours bachelor's degree.

Please contact Dr Perez-Page () with any expressions of interest or queries regarding the research topic. If you have any queries regarding the application process for CEAS, please contact our admissions team at

Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year PhD expected to start in September 2021. Funding is offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) in support of the PhD to cover both Home tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend to cover living costs (£15,609 in 2021/22).


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