4 year funded PhD Studentship: High capacity mixed metal borohydrides ammoniates for hydrogen storage applications

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  • University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK View on Map
  • Post Date: May 31, 2019
  • Apply Before : August 31, 2019
  • Salary: £16,777.00 - £16,677.00 / Yearly
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  • Proposed Salary 16,677 Annum
  • Career Level Managerial
  • Experience Fresh
  • Gender Any
  • Industry Research/ Development
  • Qualifications PhD Requirements
  • Email [email protected] Cdt.ac.uk

Job Description

Applications are invited to undertake a 4 year EPSRC funded CDT PhD studentship to work within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. The successful applicant will join the new Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Hydrogen.

CDT Sustainable Hydrogen

The Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Ulster have joined forces to become a national CDT in Sustainable Hydrogen. The CDT is collaborating with over 40 companies and organisations to provide a new integrated PhD experience. The CDT offers a training programme which supports the cohort throughout their PhD journey and providing the multidisciplinary training you’d expect, but also developing entrepreneurial, project and management skills along with the skills needed to communicate your ideas to a wide range of audiences. The CDT provides opportunities to undertake research in industry and to visit our international research partners. Further information about the CDT and the integrated PhD programme can be found at the CDT website: http://www.sustainablehydrogen-cdt.ac.uk/

Project specification

Hydrogen is a promising alternative energy carrier for the future due to its high specific energy and environmental friendliness. Hydrogen storage technologies to support renewable energy systems and low-carbon transportation is a key technical challenge. Currently, high pressure compressed hydrogen gas (700 bar) is used for vehicles, however they are very costly and achieve low energy densities. Many light weight hydrides, such as LiBH4 and LiAlH4, although having high storage capacities have major drawbacks of irreversibility and high working temperatures. Ammonia can be catalytically split in to N2 and H2 and its hydrogen content is about 17.3 wt.%, which can store 30 % more energy per volume than liquid H2. Utilization of NH3 for on-board storage system is hampered due to its toxicity. In recent years, a new class of materials called Metal Borohydride Ammoniates (MBAs) show improved hydrogen storage properties. MBAs tend to release hydrogen/ammonia gas at more practical temperatures and with greater purity. This research will focus on the development of novel Mixed Metal Borohydride Ammoniates (MMBAs) to achieve even higher hydrogen storage densities, elucidate the reaction mechanisms responsible for the release mechanism and investigate catalysts to accelerate the release of hydrogen from these materials. The project involves synthesis of various MMBAs, a variety of material characterisation techniques (e.g. XRD, TGA, DSC, FTIR, GC-MS) and hydrogen performance testing by the Sieverts’ technique. There will also be opportunities to use large scale facilities such as neutron diffraction experiments at Institut Laue Langevin in France.

This project will be supervised by Professor Gavin Walker, Professor David Grant and Dr. Kandavel Manickam, from the Advanced Materials Research Group, Faculty of Engineering.


The CDT studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and provides a tax-free stipend of £16,677 per annum. The studentship eligibility criteria are defined by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). Funding is provided to cover travel and subsistence costs related to the CDT training and research activities and an Equality and Diversity discretionary fund provides additional support where needed to ensure all students within the cohort have access to similar opportunities.


Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Masters degree in these areas would be advantageous. Applications are also encouraged from those with the work experience in a related area that gives equivalent level of training to a science or engineering graduate.

Applicants need to show that they are considered residents of the UK, in line with the EPSRC eligibility requirements

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to [email protected]

Please refer to the project title when sending your e-mail/application. Informal enquires about the project or the CDT can also be sent to [email protected]

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

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