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About the Project

This project will explore the development of a method to produce net-zero-carbon fuels using renewable energy solutions. 

Department/School

School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Project Description

An exciting opportunity to join the Engineering Materials PhD community where you will contribute to the School of Mechanical Engineering Science’s strategic research theme of Energy Resilience. You will also work closely with colleagues from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering as part of this work. 

This project will explore the development of a method to produce net-zero-carbon fuels using renewable energy solutions.   

Hydrogen has the potential to be a net-zero-carbon fuel, provided that it can be generated using carbon neutral routes. Similarly hydrocarbon fuels, such as ethanol, may also be carbon neutral provided that they are generated using carbon neutral energy and that there is a balance between carbon captured from the environment during production and that re-released on use. 

When ferroelectric materials are exposed to small fluctuations in temperature or pressure they generate surface charges that are able to drive electrolysis-based reactions. If these materials are combined with suitable catalysis it may be possible to produce net-zero-carbon fuels by harvesting waste heat or vibrations from environment. 

This project will explore the use of inorganic catalysts decorated with electroactive materials to activate the splitting of water and/or formation of simple hydrocarbons such as ethanol.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via the Engineering Materials PhD programme page , but please note the closing date for this studentship is Friday 6th January 2023.  In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the projects (up to 2) that you wish to apply for and the name(s) of the relevant supervisor. You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.

Funding

The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.

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