Hydrogen Fuel Cells and their Applications PhD

 
  

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Qualification
PhD Hydrogen Fuel Cells and their Applications
Duration
Usually completed over a period of 4 years
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
School/department
Cross-faculty; Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Social Science 
PhD
Other requirements
None

Research overview

The PhD in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Application is part of the Midlands Energy Consortium and is run in collaboration with the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research at the University of Birmingham. This is a four year PhD programme combining taught modules with the opportunity to research pioneering hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. 

The Midlands Energy Consortium comprises the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough as well leading industry partners. Students have the opportunity to become specialists in the new sustainable technologies of the future.

Within the CDT, there are 50 academics across several disciplines, focusing on chemical engineering, but including chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials, social science and built environment.

These specialists contribute to the five main research themes:

  • Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
  • Solid oxide fuel cells 
  • Portable fuel cells 
  • Hydrogen production and storage 
  • Electrolysis 

Within these themes, there are projects on catalysis, nanoparticles, membranes, fluids, hydrogen storage materials, and consumer responses. Where industry has wanted student projects, there has been strong focus on product areas, such as fuel cells for aircraft (EADS), clean transport of refrigerated materials (Unilever) and electrolysis for onsite generation (ITM Power).

Through the four year PhD programme, doctoral researchers will receive an overview of energy issues from multidisciplinary perspectives, in addition to developing individual specialisations through research projects.

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around four years.

 

Facilities

Doctoral researchers have access to the latest thinking, training, research and state-of-the-art scientific equipment across all three partner universities. More than £20 million has been invested in facilities that include:

  • an electrolyser (ITM Power; HPac Model)
  • hydrogen compressor (Haskel; 86992-54827 Model)
  • fleet of fuel cell vehicles (Microcab Ltd)
  • hydrogen refuelling station (Air Products Series 100) and a series of valves, pumps and control systems;
  • class 1000 cleanroom with high temperature (1800oC) annealing furnace
  • multi-purpose energy efficient pneumatic drive test rig 
  • hybrid fuel testing laboratory; real-time control development system
  • 3.2m2 variable-tilt solar simulator; large environmental chambers
  • range of dynamometers from 700-3,200Nm
  • battery simulation and cyclers up 250kW
  • thermal systems testing
  • sophisticated heat transfer, monitoring, testing and analysis
  • internal combustion engine test facility
  • capability for modelling and simulating power plants.
 

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.

The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.
 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Engineering supervisors, including their research interests and contact details, can be found on our find a PhD supervisor page.

Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

 

Funding

UK/EU Students

Details on faculty funding opportunities, how to apply and deadlines can be found on the Faculty of Engineering website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Students within the faculty have gone onto be production managers and directors, IT and telecommunications professionals, business, research and administrative professionals, science, engineering and production technicians, natural and social science professionals, teaching and educational professionals, as well as various other engineering roles.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 
 
 
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