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Hydrogen production from electrolysis of biomass

Project Description

Hydrogen production from biomass includes a variety of developing technologies including thermo-conversion, photo-electrochemical conversion, fermentation, and electrolysis. The electrolysis process provides a quick and convenient approach to produce pure hydrogen. Compared to water electrolysis, biomass electrolysis generates hydrogen by substituting the oxygen evolution reaction at the anode for oxidation of biomass-derived fuels, which can significantly reduce the electrical energy consumption required for hydrogen production whilst providing a route to upgrade waste biomass to a cleaner fuel. This project aims to develop a new process for hydrogen production using biomass electrolysis. It will involve developing an experimental setup and procedure, including biomass pre-treatment steps, electrochemical characterisation and process optimisation.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Funding Notes

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates may be considered for a University scholarship.

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

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