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PhD Scholarships: High temperature hydrogen reactors for the zero-CO2 production of iron and steel


Robinson Research Institute

About the Project

The multidisciplinary Robinson Research Institute runs world-leading research programmes in materials and engineering, delivering globally sought-after graduates and transforming tomorrow’s industries. Based within world-class facilities in Wellington (New Zealand), our professional scientists and engineers are delivering commercial outcomes for R&D partnerships around the globe. Our mission is to develop and deliver world-changing new technologies that will enable a global sustainable future.

About the Project
This project is a nationally significant research programme investigating new hydrogen-based processes that could eliminate CO2 emissions from the steel manufacturing process in NZ. Steel is an essential material in the modern economy, but steelmaking is the largest single industrial source of CO2 emissions globally, and in NZ it accounts for approximately 7% of total national CO2 emissions.

About the PhD
We have 2 fully funded PhD scholarships available for research into high temperature hydrogen reactors for the zero-CO2 production of iron and steel. Alongside our experienced researchers, you will undertake experimental laboratory investigations of new concept reactor designs to react hydrogen with ironsand. These will be based on the award-winning hydrogen-DRI fluidised bed process our team has recently developed.
Over the course of this scholarship you will develop a wide range of research and engineering skills, as well as being exposed to a variety of industrial and academic partners. Graduates from PhD study at the Robinson Institute are highly sought after and go on to careers in both research and industry.Throughout this research project you will have the opportunity to work with our supportive team of trusted scientists as well as researchers from other parts of New Zealand. You will have the opportunity to travel to our international collaborators at major international test facilities and to attend international conferences.

Eligibility
Suitable candidates will be enthusiastic about the prospect of contributing to the development of entirely new zero-CO2 industrial technologies, and will be comfortable working on practical engineering problems. Applicants should hold an honours degree (first-class or high 2:1) in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a related discipline. We are seeking a highly motivated person with an excellent academic record, and who is able to work well in a team. Previous experience of engineering design using CAD software would be advantageous, but is not essential. You will need to satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at Victoria University.
To apply submit your resume, academic record and names and contact details of two referees with the email subject line ‘High temperature hydrogen reactors for the zero-CO2 production of iron and steel ’ to Applications close Friday 18th September 2020.

Funding Notes

There is a stipend of $30,000 per annum, as well as payment of all university tuition fees. The scholarship is to be awarded for a period of 3 years.

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