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Radiolytic hydrogen production in heterogenous systems with plant relevance: Generic computational and experimental models

Department of Chemistry

About the Project

We are currently recruiting for a 4-year fully funded iCase PhD studentship to develop generic computational and experimental models of the production of hydrogen by radiation in systems with complex geometry. This project presents a rare opportunity for someone to become involved a complete research portfolio (experiment, theory, simulation), whilst being embedded in the Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF), the UK’s leading radiation science laboratory. Hence, it is ideal for a talented scientist aspiring to a leadership role within science research.

Because the project is of particular relevance to the nuclear industry, the awardee will benefit from both academic and industrial supervisors as well as a 3-month industrial placement. Full travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

The modelling component will involve solving the relevant rate equations derived from basic physics/chemistry principles, with particular reference to the use of spectral methods. These methods are somewhat similar to the methods of theoretical quantum mechanics although training will be given in this specialist area. The experimental component will involve building modular, code-driven experimental apparatus which will conduct the experiments under computer control, again training will be available. The ultimate goal is to run simulations and experiments alongside each other to produce near real-time comparisons.

There is another PhD opportunity currently available at DCF – for details see Design, build and test of helium ion and gamma irradiation flow loop at The University of Manchester on

Academic background of candidates

Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum 2.1 Bachelors degree (although a Masters would be preferred) in any numerate discipline. The successful applicant will be highly numerate and have or be about to receive a good degree in a STEM subject. They will also be willing to do computational modelling and experiment development in about equal measure although training in either aspect can be provided. Familiarity with a procedural programming language, particularly Python, would be a distinct advantage.

Contact for further Information

We will continue to recruit until we find a suitable candidate. We anticipate processing the first batch of applications on the 8st of March. We will be arranging interviews with short-listed candidates shortly afterwards. Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Prof Fred Currell, Director of the Dalton Cumbrian Facility, at

Funding Notes

This is a 4 year EPSRC iCASE studentship, covering tuition fees and stipend (£15,609 in 2021-22)
Open to UK applicants only.
We expect the programme to commence in September 2021.

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