4 year PhD studentship EPSRC CDT in Fuel Cells and their Fuels: Novel nanocomposites hydrogen storage materials

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

Closing Date
Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Supervised by 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

Many high capacity hydrogen storage materials like complex hydrides (e.g. lithium borohydride and light metal hydrides (e.g. magnesium hydride) require high operating temperatures in excess of 300°C in order to release the hydrogen. This project will investigate reactive nanocomposites based on these high hydrogen capacity materials to bring the working temperature down below 100°C (i.e. the waste heat from a PEM fuel cell). This project will explore different combinations of hydrides with reactive agents, catalysts and nanostructured supports to understand the thermodynamic and kinetic factors controlling the operating temperature. This project will work within an active hydrogen storage group, investigating the synthesis of new materials and will have access to a variety of materials characterisation and electron microscopy facilities to fully characterise the systems and correlate these properties with the nanocomposite’s hydrogen cycling performance.  

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 Professor Gavin Walker (gavin.walker@nottingham.ac.uk).

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

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