• Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
Developing an Innovative Inkjet Printing Technique to Fabricate a Cost-effective Electrode for Renewable Hydrogen Production is 3.5 year PhD studentship, fully funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), is available at the Functional Materials Group, Coventry University. This fully-funded studentship is available to UK/EU/International candidates.
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Overview

Hydrogen is seen as the perfect eco-friendly fuel to replace polluting traditional fuels however, 95% of the world hydrogen production is derived from steam reforming, which consumes fossil fuels and contributes to millions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted annually. 

Therefore, it is urgent to implement technology to produce hydrogen from renewable sources to cut carbon emissions to zero. Developing an Innovative Inkjet Printing Technique to Fabricate a Cost-effective Electrode for Renewable Hydrogen Production   program is offered by Coventry University.

Ammonia electrolysis is considered as a greener approach to hydrogen production as it consumes renewable sources and only emits nitrogen and heat as the by-products. However, the high cost of precious metals (iridium, platinum), which are the key components used in electrodes, hinders the commercialisation of the technology. 

Research Opportunity

To address this critical issue, this PhD project will seek to develop an innovative inkjet printing technique for fabricating high-performance and cost-effective electrodes with reduced consumption of precious metals. 

Various inkjet printing parameters will be investigated and optimised to produce highly porous, nanostructured morphology presenting a large specific surface area. Electrode performance and durability will be assessed in a laboratory-scale electrochemical flow reactor. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Training and Development
  • The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. A personal development budget of £3,000 is available for the successful candidate to attend national and international conferences.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in one or more of the following: Materials Science, Chemistry, Additive Manufacturing or a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • A Masters Degree in: Materials Science, Chemistry, Additive Manufacturing or a relevant discipline/subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with minimum overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a minimum mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
Additional items for candidate specification
  • A background in: Water/Ammonia Electrolysis, Inkjet Printing, Electrochemical Flow Reactor, Electrocatalyst
  • Knowledge of electrochemical analysis techniques 
  • Knowledge of electron microscopy techniques

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
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Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU/International)

Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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