Generation of electricity from humidity swings

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

The laboratory of sustainable technologies at The University of Edinburgh is researching on a new way to produce electricity that exploits humidity swings in closed and open loop processes.

This research encompasses multi-disciplinary engineering fields. You have to be familiar with one of the following:

Experience on supercapacitors will be particularly valued.

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, Electrical Engineering or Materials Engineering.

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

  1. sorption materials (silica gels, zeolites, activated carbons) or fluids (i.e. solvents, salt solutions, ionic liquids etc…);
  2. capacitors theory and practice;
  3. solar thermal energy;
  4. low grade heat recovery;

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Principal Supervisor: 

Assistant Supervisor: 


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.


Further information and other funding options.

 Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere.

Informal Enquiries: