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Ph.D. Scholarship in the area of thermochemical energy storage

Project Description

The Hydrogen Storage Research Group (HSRG) at Curtin University has a rich history in developing hydrogen storage materials for multiple applications. This research-only Ph.D. is directed towards developing high temperature materials that store thermochemical energy for large-scale solar thermal plants so they can operate 24/7. New gas-solid energy storage materials will be synthesised and catalysed by mechanochemical and wet-chemical methods. The thermochemical materials may be metal carbonates that release/store CO2 or metal hydrides that release/store H2 gas. The gas-solid reactions will be conducted from 500 - 1000 °C. The thermochemical properties of these materials (i.e. enthalpy and entropy) will be determined and they will be tested in prototype test facilities for gas-solid reactions during thermal cycling, simulating a full-scale solar facility. The technology will be directed towards up-scaling to realise multi-kg test beds. The Ph.D. will be conducted in the HSRG within the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (FETI) at Curtin University, which is equipped with an array of world-class research equipment and facilities. You will specialise in materials chemistry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and other characterisation techniques. You will ideally have a background in materials science, physics or chemistry (Honors or Masters level). You will form part of a world-class team of researchers in a group with 5 post doctoral fellows and 5 other PhD students working on energy storage research.

Funding Notes

The successful student shall receive a stipend valued $28,092.00 (2020) per annum.

The duration of the scholarship shall be for three years with a possible extension of up to six months provided the student meets eligibility guidelines as per the conditions of award. If the successful candidate is an international student, the scholarship shall cover tuition fees for the duration of the award.


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