Introduction: Catalysis is at the forefront of the chemical industry, responsible for the production of over 90 % of industrial compounds. Heterogeneous catalysts are particularly favourable for several practical reasons, and hence the development of new heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic processes represents a key area of contemporary research.
Outline of PhD: Research in our team focuses on the development of new catalysts and chemical processes within the context of sustainable chemistry. In this regard, our team is seeking talented PhD students to contribute to our efforts. Several research topics are on-going in our laboratory (as demonstrated in our publication list), and can form the basis of a PhD in our team, including
· Catalytic conversion of biomass (thermo- and electro-catalysis)
· (Photo)catalytic valorisation of CO2
· Selective CH4 oxidation
Within these general topics, a variety of catalytic systems and materials can be investigated. We have PhD students specialising in a variety of areas, including catalyst production, catalytic testing (batch, continuous flow), in situ spectroscopy and process simulation. Detailed project descriptions and planning will be undertaken directly with the successful candidates.
Candidate description: We are seeking exceptionally talented and motivated students to join our research team. Students should hold – or expect to obtain – a first class or upper second class degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials chemistry. Previous knowledge of catalysis, chemical reaction engineering and inorganic materials chemistry is useful but is not a requirement.
Application procedure: Candidates should send a CV and a personal statement directly to Ceri Hammond ([Email Address Removed]). The personal statement should include the rational for applying for a position in our group, a summary of previous research experience, and a description of which project areas the candidate is most interested in. Detailed discussions will be pursued with shortlisted candidates.
Funding situation: Our team has two fully-funded, 42 month PhD studentships available. Studentships are available to candidates of all nationalities. We anticipate students commencing their PhD studies between July-October 2022.