|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Refer to advert|
|Placed On:||23rd November 2020|
|Closes:||24th January 2021|
Value of award: 100% of home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,285. Successful international candidates may be required to make up the difference between the home and international fees.
Start date and duration: September 2021 for 4 years.
Application closing date : 24 January 2021.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. Doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training.
This project takes a clean technology approach to produce sustainable fuels and feedstocks from carbon dioxide using sunlight (“artificial photosynthesis”). Carbon nanodots, derived from biomass waste, have remarkable optical and electronic properties. We will use their strong, tunable luminescence to produce a printable solar concentrator, which will enhance and direct sunlight towards a photocatalytic reactor for CO2 reduction to CO and formate. We will use scalable processing methods (3D printing and slot die coating) to prepare the waveguides and maximise the optical properties. This enhancement of light is necessary to overcome the thermodynamic and kinetic problems associated with CO2 reduction and increase the efficiency beyond what can be achieved by natural photosynthesis.
The project combines chemistry, chemical engineering, nanoscience, photophysics and catalysis. The surface of the carbon dots will be functionalised to improve their fluorescent properties, and the structure of the photocatalysts will be modified to improve the selectivity and solar to fuel efficiency. The system contributes to the circular economy of carbon, by converting waste back into fuels and high-value chemicals.
Name of supervisor(s)
Dr Anh Phan (Newcastle University), Dr Elizabeth A. Gibson (Newcastle University) with Shahid Rasul (Northumbria University), Neil Beattie (Northumbria University)
Home and International students (Inc. EU) are welcome to apply. We have a limited number of International awards available, and applicants may be required to provide additional fees not covered by the UKRI Home fee contribution. Further information will be provided at application stage.
How to Apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.
For further information please email [email protected]