4 year PhD studentship EPSRC CDT in Fuel Cells and their Fuels: Designing new materials for next-generation solid oxide fuel cells

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 12 Jul 2017

Closing Date
Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Supervised by Dr Ming Li, Professor Gavin Walker and Professor David Grant

The CDT in Fuel Cells and their Fuels

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in CDT Fuel Cell and their Fuels Centre is a collaboration coordinated by Birmingham University between 5 leading Universities. You would be joining a vibrant community of 40 PhD students across these Universities all investigating different aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and their applications. Many of the projects available are in close collaboration with industry.

The Centre runs a 4 year PhD programme which has a structured taught element through the first 18 months developing your understanding of the science, engineering and socio-economic issues related to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, as well as developing transferrable skills sought by employees (e.g. communication skills, project management, innovation business skills). There are a number of group and individual activities, including a one week summer school in Greece, public dissemination events, short industry secondment in addition to presenting at national and international conferences which all help to develop key skills and expertise.

The Project

SOFCs are all-solid electrochemical devices that can convert fuels directly into electricity. They represent a leading direction for future power generation as they offer both high energy conversion efficiency and great fuel flexibility (compatible with not only hydrogen but also existing fossil fuels). Despite the great potential as one of the most efficient and cleanest power generation technologies, to date commercialisation of SOFCs is still limited. This stems mainly from scarcity of suitable electrolyte and electrode materials to satisfy the stringent requirements for device performance. This project focuses on design and synthesis of new functional oxides with better intrinsic properties to enable building next-generation SOFCs with low operation temperature, high performance and long term stability.

Summary: The PhD position is available from 1 Sept 2017 and fully cover both tuition fees and a student stipend (£14,600 per annum for 2017/18 academic year).

Entry Requirements: UK/EU students. We are seeking a bright, highly motivated individual who has or is predicted to be awarded a first class or high 2(i) undergraduate honours degree or a second class honours degree plus a distinction at Master’s level in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or a relevant discipline.

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For any enquiries please email Dr Ming Li (ming.li@nottingham.ac.uk).

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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