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  PhD in Green Hydrogen Based Steel Manufacturing


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  Prof C Davis, Dr Z Li  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Steel is the most widely-used structural material in the world. If a product is not made of steel it is made using steel. Steel is at the heart of UK manufacturing sectors such as automotive, aerospace, construction, packaging and defence. It is an indispensable component of the UK’s future national infrastructure such as transport, communications and energy, and for high-tech 21st century industries, from energy-positive buildings to wind turbines and electric vehicles.

WMG are part of a large collaborative network project, SUSTAIN, which is working to transform the steel supply chain, making it cleaner, greener and smarter, and more responsive to the fast-changing needs of customers. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of our Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC) at WMG, University of Warwick, an internationally leading centre for steel research. The ASRC is located in the new Advanced Manufacturing and Materials building and has benefited from a multi-million pound investment in new equipment. You will join a group of over 40 people (academic staff, research fellows and doctoral students) working on steel research and also have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the SUSTAIN network (core members of the Universities of Swansea and Sheffield and steel industry) and beyond.

 The project area we are looking to recruit to is given below:

 Green Hydrogen Based Steel Manufacturing Green hydrogen (i.e. hydrogen produced from renewable energy) as a clean fuel is being explored as a major means to decarbonise the steel industry for the net zero target. This PhD research will focus on some of the challenging and unsolved areas such as product quality of the hydrogen-based reduction process and hydrogen utilisation efficiency by a combined approach of experiment and theoretical analysis. The research will also investigate the behaviours of impurities in iron ores during hydrogen reduction and the impact of the impurities to the steelmaking process. The research will advance fundamental understanding in the use of hydrogen in steel manufacturing and help convert the steel industry to fossil-free industry.

 Desired Student Background

Prospective candidates are expected to have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) with 65% or above in a relevant science or engineering subject, such as materials, physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, or maths.

Engineering (12) Materials Science (24)

Funding Notes

The award will cover full tuition fees and carries a stipend of £15,560 + £3k per annum for 3.5 years.
Recruitment subject to confirmation of funding, which will cover the UK level for PhD fees and the EPSRC PhD stipend with an additional top-up payment of £3000 pa.