Postgraduate research opportunities

Hydrogen production from electrolysis of biomass

This project aims to develop a new process for hydrogen production using biomass electrolysis.

Number of places



17 February 2020


3.5 years


Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a high 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering/science discipline, and must be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. 

Project Details

Hydrogen production from biomass includes a variety of developing technologies including thermo-conversion, photo-electrochemical conversion, fermentation, and electrolysis. The electrolysis process provides a quick and convenient approach to produce pure hydrogen. Compared to water electrolysis, biomass electrolysis generates hydrogen by substituting the oxygen evolution reaction at the anode for oxidation of biomass-derived fuels, which can significantly reduce the electrical energy consumption required for hydrogen production whilst providing a route to upgrade waste biomass to a cleaner fuel. This project aims to develop a new process for hydrogen production using biomass electrolysis. It will involve developing an experimental setup and procedure, including biomass pre-treatment steps, electrochemical characterisation and process optimisation.

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.


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.

Contact us

Miss Ewa Kosciuk

+44(0) 141 548 2835

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

How to apply

Apply for this project here – 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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