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Neutron Spectroscopy of Surface Intermediates on Nanoporous Metal Catalysts for H2 Storage Technologies

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    Dr S Kondrat
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: SusHy/SK/2019
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 29 July 2019
Interview date: 5 August 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Simon Kondrat
Secondary supervisor: Prof Sandie Dann
ISIS supervisor: Dr Ian Silverwood

This PhD project brings together world-leading experts at ISIS neutron source and Loughborough University with the objective of understanding the chemical storage/release of hydrogen. This research will have real world impact towards a green, low carbon future and fighting climate change. You will develop skills in hydrogen technologies through use of STFC facilities and interaction with the Catalysis Hub community.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

In the future, the availability of abundant low carbon hydrogen will be crucial for meeting the worlds’ energy needs, while reducing carbon emissions. As direct storage of hydrogen is difficult, alternative hydrogen carriers are required, such as liquid fuels or metal hydrides. The formation of the storage compounds, their decomposition to generate hydrogen and recycling back to the starting materials, requires metal heterogeneous catalysts. Yet, the mechanisms of these reactions are not understood, meaning developing the next generation of catalysts with better performance is unfocussed.

The unique interaction between neutrons and hydrogen provides a powerful tool to investigate the interaction between hydrogen carriers and inorganic catalysts. Using world leading neutron techniques, you will study processes occurring on Co and Cu catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and the evolution of hydrogen from metal hydrides. Using this understanding, new catalysts, with a step change in performance, can be produced and used in future green hydrogen storage processes.

Your PhD will involve the production of catalysts, development of purpose-built flow cells and performing a range of neutron spectroscopy measurements. In addition, you will take part in studies around green hydrogen at the centre for doctoral training in sustainable hydrogen (120 credits of modules in your 1st year).

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or physics. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in catalysis or energy storage will be an advantage.

Contact details

Name: Dr Simon Kondrat
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223388

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under program name, select Chemistry

Please quote reference number: SusHy/SK/2019.

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 4 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £16,677 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The studentship is funded by the Sustainable Hydrogen CDT, ISIS neutron source and the UK Catalysis Hub. Due to funding restrictions this is only available to those eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement – see

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