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Modelling and data-driven optimisation for developing hydrogen production and storage materials and technologies

   Faculty of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Jie Yang  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD project to work in the modelling and data-driven optimisation of hydrogen production and storage options that match applications with technological, economic and environmental benefits. Advancing the hydrogen economy is currently recognised as a critical element for decarbonisation. To achieve the global greenhouse gas emissions targets and move both industry and society towards a net zero emission path, there is an urgent need for hydrogen to be used as feedstock for energy to fuel industrial processes, domestic heating and for transport. Many fundamental and dynamic issues in the chemical and physical processes involved in hydrogen production and storage have not been fully understood. To gain a more quantitative perspective and assist in the optimisation of these processes, a multiphysics modelling and simulation study will be carried out. The focus is to study the energetic cavitation bubbles interaction with the different chemical species in the catalysis process for enhancing chemical reactions, as well as how the dynamic bubbles can enhance the formation of porosity in the metal-organic materials from the liquid state to solid state. This project will develop models to better understand the underlying physics that underpin the optimisation of electrolysis processes for maximising hydrogen production as well as investigate the mechanisms involved in different hydrogen storage options. The models will be tested and validated using a combination of theoretical and experimental results.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Jie Yang ([Email Address Removed]).

About the research cluster

This project will be part of the interdisciplinary research cluster ‘Development of innovative hydrogen production and storage technologies for a net-zero emission society’ funded by the University of Hull PhD Cluster Scholarships Scheme 2023/24, formed by four fully-funded PhD scholarships in themes related to hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, optimisation and modelling, and industrial applications. The successful applicant will be based at the School of Natural Sciences and also be part of the wider team from the School of Engineering within the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Aura Innovation Centre. All PhD cluster students will work in close partnership with industrial partners, providing an exceptional PhD training environment.


  • The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 22/23 is £4596 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £17668 per annum. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
  • If you need to move into a fourth year (full-time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period and you will be required to pay a continuation fee.

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship for full-time and within five years and six months if studying part-time.

Eligibility and entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a mathematical or chemical engineering related subject. A taught MSc or Masters by Research in a relevant subject or relevant modelling and simulation experience with ordinary or partial differential equations would be an advantage.

International applicants

This opportunity comes with a Home fee waiver only, which will not cover the full International fee. You will therefore need to pay the difference between the Home fee and the International fee and will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover this.

How to apply

Applications are via the University of Hull webpage

Closing date for applications

10 February 2022

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