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Sustainable hydrogen production from municipal and agricultural waste streams

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU)

Duration: Full-Time – three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 21 January 2019

Interview dates: TBC

Start date: May 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr John Graves to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a (fully-funded) PhD studentship.

The Project

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently produced a special report saying that our planet is heating up too quickly and it's time for the world to make an effort to change that. Hydrogen is seen as an alternative clean energy source to replace polluting traditional fuels. However, 95 % of the world's hydrogen is derived from non-renewable fuels. Ammonia is an attractive carbon-free chemical for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Direct electro-oxidation of ammonia can generate hydrogen for fuel production.  But, there are challenges that need to be addressed to make ammonia a potential hydrogen source. 

The proposed PhD project is focused upon overcoming some of those challenges. Within this area of research, you will master  advanced wet chemistry and physical deposition methods for the preparation of electrocatalysts. Advanced characterization methods (i.e., SEM, TEM etc.) will be applied to assess electrode performance, and you will  employ electrochemical methods to assess activity.  You will also learn about electrochemical cell construction and optimise design to lower energy consumption.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • Knowledge and / or experience in electrochemistry, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Experience of microscopic techniques would be desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge of electrochemical cell design would be desirable


  • 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. 

Eligibility & Application Procedure


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.