4 year PhD studentship EPSRC CDT in Fuel Cells and their Fuels: Next-generation room temperature metal hydrides for hydrogen storage

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

Closing Date
Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Supervised by Professor David Grant and Professor Gavin Walker

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

The aim of this project is to develop innovative reversible metal hydride formulations with flat plateau for stationary hydrogen storage applications. Commercially viable hydrides suffer from sloping plateaus in pressure composition plots. This severely limits applications and kinetics. This project aims to deliver metal hydride formulations with minimum plateau slopes which is one of the barriers to these alloys usage i.e. dlnP/d(H/M) <0.3 rather than current values >1 and with a storage capacity of 3.0 wt %, 50% greater than any other room temperature metal hydride. This project will, through established and new experimental methods, explore the potential of the optimal composition in non-stoichiometric alloys by working with researchers in the group and with collaborators who are attempting suitable predictive models. The challenge is to experimentally obtain flat plateau with improved storage capacity. The researcher should have good experimental skills and be able to work with models to develop innovative alloys suitable for stationary and potentially small vehicle mobile applications and be willing to travel with to neutron and synchrotron facilities for short periods of time to perform in situ characterisation experiments.

Summary: The PhD studentship 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 Professor David Grant (david.grant@nottingham.ac.uk).

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

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