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PhD studentship in electrocatalysis in nonaqueous solvents

School of Chemistry

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Dr L Johnson , Dr G Newton Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Electrocatalysis underpins all energy devices and is the key to sustainable and clean electrochemical generation of hydrogen and synthetic fuels, and controls long-term stability. While electrocatalysis in aqueous environments is well studied and understood, the impact of moving to organic systems is relatively unexplored. This project seeks to extend existing theory of electrocatalysis to non-aqueous systems and identify new opportunities in water splitting. The student will gain expertise in next-generation energy devices, electrochemical and materials chemistry. They will join a team of 30 researchers with expertise spanning physical, synthetic, inorganic and materials chemistry tackling critical challenges in energy storage and generation.

Our research focuses on understanding the chemistry that underpins advanced energy devices and how this knowledge can be used to unlock a new generation of energy storage technologies. The target is to enable alternative, sustainable technologies that can supersede internal combustion systems and lithium-ion batteries. Our approach to address these challenges combines materials chemistry and electrochemistry and is delivered in collaboration with leading stakeholders in the energy storage sector.

The project is funded through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen. The CDT offers a multidisciplinary training program including entrepreneurial, project and management skills. The CDT provides opportunities to undertake research in industry and to visit our international research partners. Researchers are also supported and encouraged to present their work at international meetings. There are also opportunities to inspire the next generation of hydrogen innovators, through outreach activities with schools and to learn more about the influence science and engineering can have on policy and policymakers at both a local and national level. The CDT studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and provides a tax-free stipend of up to £16,909 per annum.

Funding Notes

Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree at Masters level in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or a relevant discipline, or an equivalent overseas degree (a 2:1 degree can be considered). The role is open to UK and EU Students. The studentship eligibility criteria are defined by the EPSRC.

To apply, please email Dr Lee Johnson ([Email Address Removed]).
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