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PhD studentship in Chemical Engineering - Chemical looping technologies for a low-carbon energy future

   School of Engineering

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About the Project


In the near future our society will require a range of more efficient and scaleable chemical conversion technologies pivotal to the functioning of a low-carbon fuel economy including, but not limited to, low-carbon hydrogen production. Reaction engineering lies at the heart of such chemical conversions. 

We have recently shown (Nature Chemistry 11 (2019) 638-643 and Hydrogen Memory Reactor video that a chemical looping reactor can produce a pure stream of hydrogen if the reactor employs a well-designed oxygen carrier material (OCM). Such novel chemical looping processes will lead to transformational developments for the chemical industry and associated energy technologies. 

This project, which is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, will involve the selection of appropriate reactions for use in chemical looping reactors, the design and fabrication of the OCM, the design and operation of the reactor, and the evaluation of economics and impact of processes that would benefit from such technologies. 

Our research group is pioneering, well-funded and active in key UK research consortia (e,g, SynHiSelCAM-IES, and H2FC SUPERGEN). We regularly present at leading international conferences and publish in the top journals.  

Number Of Awards


Start Date

18 September 2023 

Award Duration

3 years


Royal Academy of Engineering and Newcastle University  


Professor Ian S. Metcalfe, FREng, Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies, School of Engineering, Newcastle University 

Dr Wenting HuSchool of Engineering, Newcastle University 

Eligibility Criteria

You should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline (e.g. Chemistry or Materials Science). You should be passionate about research and able to use your initiative to drive your own project and contribute to the goals of the group.  

Home and international applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply and if successful will receive a full studentship. Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.  

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal  

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.   

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:   

  • search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8030F 
  • Research Area: Chemical Engineering 
  • select PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) - Chemical Engineering' as the programme of study  

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:   

  • a ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form   
  • the studentship code ENG098 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field   
  • when prompted for how you are providing your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal. 

You should also email your covering letter and CV to Professor Ian Metcalfe to [Email Address Removed]

Contact Details

Professor Ian Metcalfe at [Email Address Removed] 

School of Engineering 

Funding Notes

100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668.
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