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  PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering: Development of mixed ionic-electronic oxide ceramics for energy conversion and storage devices

   School of Engineering

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  Dr S Pramana  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Finding economically attractive, renewable, sustainable, and minimum carbon electrochemical devices, such as electrolysers to produce green hydrogen and fuel cells to generate electricity, is pivotal to meet our energy demand and thus essential to sustain our society today. These devices require long durability, high efficiency, and low-cost materials and production in order to be able to compete with the current technology in the market. The project aims to develop novel mixed ion-electron conducting ceramics, used as catalysts for electrodes, mainly to substitute traditionally used noble metal families. This studentship project involves material syntheses focusing on producing nanoparticles with hollow/core-shell structures with high surface area and characterisation using electron microscopy and diffraction (laboratory, synchrotron, and neutron facilities). Electrochemical performance and atomistic modelling will be investigated to understand the atomic structure, activity, and durability relationships.

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