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Plasma generation of hydrogen from water

   Robinson Research Institute

  Dr Jérôme Leveneur, Dr Chris Bumby  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Project

The Materials Team at GNS Science and Paihau-Robinson Research Institute have a new research workstream looking at using atmospheric and water vapour plasma to generate hydrogen. This project will work towards developing prototypes to generate hydrogen from non-pure water, using radiofrequency (RF) plasma. The main challenge will be to control the plasma conditions and its interaction with water to promote the desired hydrogen production reaction, inhibit any competing reactions, and optimise efficiency and throughput. The project will have a strong experimental component with opportunity for modelling.

If you are an ambitious and enthusiastic science graduate interested in developing new technology to support the global transition to a low carbon future, then this may be the project for you. The successful candidate will work alongside the wider programme team and collaborate across several research groups within New Zealand.


The successful candidate will be excited to work in an interdisciplinary project and must have a MSc/BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science) with a willingness to learn and apply new techniques. We are looking for a person with previous research experience, and excellent communication skills (written and oral), who works well in a team environment and who is organised and driven.

The research group

You will be based within the Materials Team at GNS Science's National Isotope Centre in Gracefield, Lower Hutt. Applicant will be co-supervised by Dr Jérôme Leveneur (GNS) and Dr. Chris Bumby from the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. This project is part of a large national research platform on Green Hydrogen, which is led by Dr John Kennedy at GNS Science, and involves many domestic and international collaborators.

How to apply

  1. Send a cover letter, full academic record and CV including the name of 2 referees to Dr Jérôme Leveneur ()
  2. Complete this online form

Funding Notes

This scholarship includes a stipend of $30,000 NZD per annum (untaxed), full tuition fees and student levies for three (3) years.
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