4 year PhD studentship- EPSRC CDT in Fuel Cells and their Fuels: Thermodynamics study of underground hydrogen storage to ensure safe deployment

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

Closing Date
Wednesday, 12th July 2017
Chemistry, Engineering

Supervised by Dr Veerle Vandeginste (Chemistry), Professor Matthew Hall (Engineering), Dr Bagus Muljadi (Engineering)

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

Through actions taken to keep global warming within limits, the world is meeting the challenge to transition the energy portfolio from fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) towards low-carbon, renewable energy. Common renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, depend on weather conditions and diurnal-nocturnal variation. These intermittent energy sources demand solutions for grid energy storage. Underground storage of hydrogen provides a valuable solution. Hydrogen can be stored underground in man-made salt caverns. Salt rock has proven to be a very effective impermeable rock for trapped natural gas on geological time scale (tens to hundreds of million years). However, cyclic injection and extraction of hydrogen in salt caverns is different from long-term gas storage in natural systems which does not involve pressure cycling. To ensure safe field deployment of underground hydrogen storage technology, we need to address environmental concerns of gas storage in salt caverns, especially gas leakage to the surface or into aquifers. The project concentrates on thermodynamics of hydrogen storage in salt caverns, in particular investigating thermal effects linked to cycling of hydrogen injection and extraction, as well as thermal effects linked to composition and heterogeneity of the salt rocks.

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 chemistry, engineering, physics, or a relevant discipline.

To apply please visit:


For any enquiries please email Dr Veerle Vandeginste (veerle.vandeginste@nottingham.ac.uk).

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

View or Apply