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PhD studentship in Chemical Looping Technologies for a Low-Carbon Energy Future

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration
October 2020 for 3 years.

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 video at that a chemical looping reactor can produce a pure stream of hydrogen if the reactor employs a well-designed oxygen carrier material (OCM). It can also produce a capture-ready, pure stream or carbon dioxide. 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 as the result of the award of a Chair in Emerging Technologies to Professor Metcalfe, 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 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, SynFabFun, CAM-IES, and H2FC SUPERGEN We regularly present at leading international conferences and publish in the top journals. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Ian S. Metcalfe, FREng, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies and Dr Wenting Hu.

Royal Academy of Engineering and Newcastle University

Name of supervisor(s)
Professor Ian S. Metcalfe, FREng, Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies, School of Engineering, Newcastle University
Dr Wenting Hu, School 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.

This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

Newcastle is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. Part-time study option are available.

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8030F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) – Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code eng055 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code eng055 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
You should also send your covering letter and CV to Professor Ian Metcalfe by email to .

Professor Ian Metcalfe at

School of Engineering

Funding Notes

100% of tuition fees and annual living allowance of £15,009

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