PhD Scholarship in New hybrid (pyroelectric/catalyst) Materials and the Development of New Reactor Vessels.
The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. We have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength. We are offering a number of funded PhD scholarships below. These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.
Description Annually a large amount of energy produced from all sources, 340 Exajoule, is rejected as waste heat. Low grade waste heat with a temperature less than 100C constitutes ~ 60% of this. Recovering just 1.5% of this discarded energy can generate more electricity than the current total of wind, solar and tide. Unarguably, low-grade waste heat represents an extremely promising source of renewable energy.
Functional materials have attracted significant attention due to the variety of appealing structural, electronic and catalytic properties available. These materials display a rich variety of surface interactions related to their polar structures and can drive chemical reactions. The intrinsic features of functional systems make these materials an ideal playground for optimised sustainable energy production. Our recent experimental work has opened a new route to hydrogen evolution. Novelty in this PhD project comes from probing surface interactions by new hybrid (pyroelectric/catalyst) materials and in developing new reactor vessels for the system.
A range of questions have been generated from our proof-of-principle study including those related to methods to increase hydrogen production. These questions represent opportunities to be investigated with a view to maximising thermal energy conversion into a fuel. Realising the full potential of pyroelectric based materials by optimising processing and surface interactions, which is related to change of ferroelectric polarisation, requires a combined experimental and analytical effort. For this we bring together a team with complementary expertise in the synthesis of materials, materials manufacturing, analysis of functional properties and characterisation of water splitting performance.
Supervisory Team The supervisors of this project have supported over 25 PhD to completion and are well prepared for such an exciting opportunity to develop new systems for reducing the impact of climate change in energy production.
Please contact Professor Steve Dunn (https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=TbjvVF0AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao) email:[Email Address Removed] for more information.
Requirements Applications are invited from UK/EU and overseas students with, or expecting to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree in Chemistry, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Physics or similar numerate discipline to join the School for 3 year fully funded PhD programmes for the PhD places below. Students with relevant MSc and MRes are also welcome to apply.
LSBU Research Centres Website: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/centres-groups, please click on the link here to see the specific PhD posts available: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/research-degrees
Closing date for applications: 20th August 2019
PhD Start: September/October 2019
• 3-year studentships of ~£15,000 per annum living stipend (usually tax free)
• Payment of all tuition fees*
These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizen’s. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.