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PHD studentship: Synthesis and characterisation of hydrogen storage materials


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Thursday 16 March 2023
Reference:  ENG1615

We are recruiting up to 11 highly motivated and enthusiastic doctoral students in the field of synthesis and characterisation of next generation materials for hydrogen storage and compression at the University of Nottingham. We are seeking applications to join our multidisciplinary team of currently 8 academics, 7 research fellows, and 15 PhD students investigating novel multinary Reactive Hydride Composites and phases with enhanced hydrogen density for hydrogen storage, increased ion mobility for hydrogen storage and solid ion conductors and metal hydrides for hydrogen compressors. The PhDs will cover a wide range of skill sets and range from experimental work on synthesis and characterisation to fundamental studies. 

Efficient energy storage of hydrogen and hydrogen rich carriers is growing in importance and there is an exciting opportunity to join the hydrogen research team to investigate solid state energy stores mainly for the compact storage and/or compression of hydrogen. The role holders will investigate metal hydrides, complex hydrides, their composites, their hydrogen absorption and desorption properties, analyse and characterise the reaction pathways and involved phases. 

The role holders must have very good knowledge and expertise in material science. Candidates with experience in the synthesis, the characterisation and performance testing of metal hydrides, complex hydrides and/or their composites will be given preference. Knowledge of and experience in the characterisation of fast ionic conductors is welcome. This work is part of a larger project on which several PhD students and postdocs will work and will be conducted in collaboration with other researchers at the University of Nottingham as well as other international groups and research facilities. Therefore, we are seeking good team players. Furthermore, the research will involve periods working at our partner’s labs or synchrotron and neutron research facilities.

The Hydrogen Research Group values diversity not just multidisciplinarity. There are a number of initiatives to support early career researcher with different life experiences to ensure everyone is able to flourish (e.g. mentoring, incubating new ideas, flexible working, support and guidance when applying for prestigious fellowships or grants to take your ideas forward).

The role holders will work closely with Professors Martin Dornheim and David Grant and the hydrogen storage team at Nottingham and as part of their career development will be exposed to other exciting projects that the group is involved with. We strongly support all our researchers to present their work at national or international conferences and there is budget available for this. 

The funding is from Leverhulme and will be for up to 4 years depending on start time and candidate. Due to funding restrictions the position is only available to home/UK candidates.  Stipend is £17,668 this year and increments annually.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Martin Dornheim ( Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

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When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG and supervisors name) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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