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  PhD project: Developing non-critical raw materials-based electrocatalysts for green hydrogen generation from wastewater


   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

  Assoc Prof Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu  Monday, May 27, 2024  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The project focuses on the development of cost-effective electrocatalysts derived from non-critical raw materials, aiming to replace expensive platinum group metals in the electrolysis process. Emphasizing environmental responsibility, it contributes to the advancement of renewable energy technologies. Ultimately, the research aims to utilize wastewater as a valuable electrolyte feedstock for green hydrogen production, promoting environmental sustainability and energy innovation.

This project is one of a number of projects hosted by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Green Industrial Futures. The CDT was recently awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to Heriot Watt University (lead), Imperial College London, and the Universities of Sheffield and Bath. The CDT is further supported by contributions from industrial partners.

The CDT boasts an exciting and challenging programme specifically designed for top performing junior researchers, in addition to the main area of research, including:

  • Residential taught training courses at each of the partner universities to contextualise your research within the wider net zero industrial landscape.
  • An industry challenge project with one of our industrial partners.
  • An international opportunity in year 2 or 3 of the degree, with the option for a second international visit in year 3.
  • A bespoke ‘net-zero leadership programme’, including regular exchanges with cohort members from the other universities.

The project is four years full time, and includes full UK fees and stipends, plus budget for travel and consumables. The positions are in first instance for UK students, while in some cases also overseas students can be appointed. The first cohort has a firm staring date of 1 October 2024.

Applications can be made by emailing a one-page CV, full transcript of university results, and half page motivation letter to the academic supervisor listed with the position.

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24)

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