Postgraduate research opportunities Catalytic reforming of syngas hydrocarbons to maximise hydrogen production


Key facts

  • Opens: Wednesday 21 February 2024
  • Number of places: One
  • Duration: 3 years


The proposed project aims to develop new technology for reforming syngas hydrocarbons to promote hydrogen production from biomass, it addresses the issues of global importance, which are committed to making a useful and positive contribution to clean energy challenges locally and globally.
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Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5).

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Project Details

Hydrogen is an energy source of the future. It is imperative to develop competitive hydrogen production technology from renewable sources such as biomass. Biomass can be converted to hydrogen through gasification to produce syngas. However, tar condenses easily at low temperatures leading to blockages in equipment.

This project will develop a novel means to convert tar and other hydrocarbons present in syngas into hydrogen and thus maximise hydrogen production at low cost, which can be subsequently separated from other syngas species. This innovative project is ideally suited to students with the creativity and drive to pursue doctoral studies at a technologically leading university, providing the students to gain expertise in modelling and experimental investigations.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Funding details

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates will be eligible to be considered for a University scholarship.

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Dr Jun Li

Senior Lecturer
Chemical and Process Engineering

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Please quote the project title in your application.

During the application you'll be asked for the following information and evidence uploaded to the application:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you are not from a majority English-speaking country as recognised by UKVI
  • two references, one of which must be academic. Please see our guidance on referees
  • funding or scholarship information
  • international students must declare any previous UK study

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

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Chemical and Process Engineering

Programme: Chemical and Process Engineering

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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