Microporous hybrid composites of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for hydrogen storage applications

   School of Civil, Aerospace, and Design Engineering

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  Dr Sanjit Nayak, Prof Ian Hamerton  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The project:

Hydrogen is one of the most promising alternative energy vectors that can potentially replace dependence on fossil fuels to meet net zero target. To facilitate the move towards hydrogen economy there is an urgent need of development of efficient storage system for this ultralight gas. The current state-of-the-art of hydrogen storage is not ready yet to meet the target capacity and efficiency required to build a hydrogen-dependent infrastructure for automobile and aerospace industries. The type-IV cylinders currently used for hydrogen storage under extreme high-pressure are heavy, bulky, and expensive. Therefore, there is an urgent demand of technological solution that will provide with safe and efficient storage of hydrogen at relatively low pressure, using lighter and less expensive vessels.

The microporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of porous hybrid materials which have shown exceptional hydrogen uptake capacity in the recent studies. However, their granular form and relatively poor stability is a major barrier to use them into hydrogen storage devices. Integrating these materials into porous hybrid polymer composites will enhance processability, stability, and will potentially provide a solution for high-density hydrogen storage systems. There is little study conducted on composites of highly porous MOFs with a focus on sustainability of the materials in working conditions. This PhD project will particularly study this unexplored area and will develop ultra-porous MOF-polymer hybrid composites with a focus on investigating their hydrogen storage properties and sustainability under working conditions. 

Candidate requirements: 

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a pass at master’s degree level (or international equivalent) in a science, mathematics or engineering discipline. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree. 

Any research experience in chemistry or materials science can be an advantage. 

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level: Profile E 

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

How to apply:

Prior to submitting an online application, you will need to contact the project supervisor to discuss. 

Online applications are made at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select Aerospace Engineering PhD on the Programme Choice page. 

If you would like to be considered for the postgraduate research funding, ensure you 'Engineering and Physical Science Research Council' under funding source when making your application.


For questions about the research topic, please contact Dr Sanjit Nayak: [Email Address Removed]   

For questions about eligibility and the application process please contact Engineering Postgraduate Research Admissions [Email Address Removed]   

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

Funding will be considered on a competitive selection process. Minimum tax-free stipend at the current UKRI rate is £18,622 for 2023/24.
For eligibility and residence requirements please check the UKRI UK Research and Innovation website

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