Start date and duration:
September 2018 for 3 years.
Application closing date:
Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.
The main technology for H2 production is via steam reforming of hydrocarbons (usually natural gas) with CO2 as an undesired by-product of the process. However, with chemical looping, CO2 can easily be separated for subsequent sequestration while producing high purity H2.
This technology requires a solid oxygen carrier to provide oxygen for fuel oxidation; the reduction of water generates H2. Therefore, the development of a suitable material to be used as an oxygen carrier for hydrogen production via chemical looping technology at an industrial scale is of paramount importance. The suitability of perovskites or hybrid materials combining with perovskite and metal oxides for use as oxygen carriers will be the prime focus of this research.
This project will be supported by activities of our group The Applications of Ion Transport Group (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/iontransport/
) at Newcastle University as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub (http://www.h2fcsupergen.com/
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC (DTA) (https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/
Name of supervisor(s)
Professor I Metcalfe (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/staff/profile/ianmetcalfe.html#background
), Professor of Chemical Engineering School of Engineering (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/
How to apply
If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should email a CV, covering letter plus two references to Professor Metcalfe.
The successful applicant will then be asked to apply for University admission using the University’s online postgraduate application form (http://bit.ly/2abqrja
). Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.
•Insert the program code 8030F in the program of study section
•Select ‘PhD School of Engineering - Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
•Insert the studentship code ENG002 in the studentship/partnership reference
•Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG001 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.
Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found. Project to start September 2017 for 3 years.