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PhD studentships: Computational modelling and validation of next generation hydrogen storage materials


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Thursday 16 March 2023
Reference:  ENG1616

We are seeking to recruit up to 6 highly motivated and enthusiastic doctoral students at the University of Nottingham to perform computational research aimed at developing novel metal hydrides and metal complex hydrides for energy storage applications. 

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 hydrogen storage materials mainly for the compact storage and/or compression of hydrogen. Based in the Advanced Materials Research Group within the Faculty of Engineering, the successful candidates will work with Dr Sanliang Ling and Prof Martin Dornheim, and they will  investigate different hydrides, complex hydrides and/or their composites, their kinetic and thermodynamic properties, analyse and characterise the reaction pathways and involved phases using computational approaches. They will also use the fundamental understanding to design new metal (complex) hydride materials and their composites for selected energy storage applications.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials, Engineering, or a related subject with a strong interest in solid-state materials for energy applications. A relevant Master's degree and/or research experience (especially in computational materials science) will be an advantage.

Award Start date: April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter

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

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Sanliang Ling ( and/or 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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