Adsorption materials for Energy Storage

Applications are invited for a postgraduate research position leading to a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering in the Institute for Material and Processes within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Energy efficiency is an extremely important issue for many technologies and consists in reduction of energy consumptions. If implemented, many current technologies (from dishwashers to large chemical processes) could benefit of a sensible reduction in energy consumption.

Adsorption materials can generate a concentration gradient with thermal energy and vice versa they can store thermal energy from a concentration gradient (thermal swing adsorption). When adsorption materials are introduced in existing technologies to enable energy storage in this way, they show an impressive potential in decrease the energy required by the process in quantity and quality. Their thermal and chemical energy storage capabilities depend also on how these materials are arranged in structures i.e. coating metallic surfaces or as monoliths.

This PhD studentship is oriented to the development and testing of adsorption structures for energy storage for carbon capture and drying.

Further Information: 

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with a first class degree or upper second (or equivalent for non-UK students) or a combination of qualification and professional experience equivalent to that level, in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering. Some knowledge and experience in at least one among these fields will be particularly considered:

  • adsorption systems design
  • adsorbent material properties measurement

Independent work, self-motivation, good team spirit and excellent communication skills are important assets of the successful candidate.

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


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