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Postgraduate research project

Nanoscale heat integration for the generation of hydrogen through autothermal ammonia decomposition

Competition funded
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Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The International Maritime Organisation aims to decarbonise the shipping industry, with ambitious targets of 40% reduction in CO2 emission by 2030 (based on 2008 levels), moving to a 70% reduction by 2050. To achieve these ambitions requires energy savings across all areas of the sector and a move towards non-carbon-based energy. Moving towards a cleaner ‘hydrogen economy’ offers great promise, although it is not without its challenges.

Hydrogen gas has a low volumetric energy density and pressurised storage introduces its own unique challenges. To address this, there has been a focus to develop liquid ‘hydrogen carriers’ that can be reformed to generate hydrogen gas. Ammonia is seen as a promising hydrogen vector. However, the endothermic catalytic process of ammonia decomposition has typically required high temperatures (>600°C), which limits the efficiency of the technology. You will look at innovative new routes for more efficient hydrogen generation approaches.

This multi-disciplinary project between the Schools of Chemistry and Engineering is a unique opportunity to be at the frontier of new developments in catalytic science and demonstrate how it can impact on future technologies.  We will provide experience and associated training in preparing controlled nanostructured, advanced characterisation techniques, catalytic testing and the use of computational tools for modelling and enhancing operational performance. These tools will provide an excellent foundation for applicants wishing to follow a career within the field of sustainable chemistry.

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