PhD Fellowship in Energy Storage for Energy Polygeneration Systems
University of Liverpool – Liverpool
|Supervisor: Prof. Dmitry ShchukinApplications are invited for a graduate to join the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK for a funded 42 month period of research leading to the award of PhD.
PhD project is focused on the development of a novel generation of energy storage materials based on composite nanosized crystallohydrates. The main idea is to decrease the size of the energy storage unit to nanometer range thus attaining it high energy capacity values due to high surface-to-volume ratio and structural homogeneity and to facilitate energy transfer due to high available surface area. Latent heat storage materials are one of the components of the future energy polygeneration systems, where many improvements are necessary to increase energy storage capacity and provide the use of the stored heat on demand only. This possibility to save energy is widely mentioned in the general concept of low-energy houses. All mentioned points clearly illustrate the enormous potential of new energy storage and delivery materials not only from scientific but also from public side.
The project will involve diverse nanosynthetic approaches, material preparation and physico-chemical characterisation of the resulting crystallohydrates. The candidate will receive extensive training in physical chemistry and synthesis of nanomaterials of industrial importance. The knowledge and skills developed will provide the candidate with a solid foundation for his/her future academic or industrial career in the field of energy saving, delivery and storage.
Creative and highly motivated applicants from UK/EU are encouraged to apply. A degree (First or Upper Second) in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science is required. A background in nanotechnology, physical or polymer chemistry would be an advantage.
To apply please send a copy of your curriculum vitae and contact details for two referees to:
The position is available from 1 October 2013.
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