The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently produced a special report saying that our planet is heating up too quickly and it’s time for the world to make an effort to change that. Hydrogen is seen as an alternative clean energy source to replace polluting traditional fuels. However, 95 % of the world’s hydrogen is derived from non-renewable fuels. Ammonia is an attractive carbon-free chemical for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Direct electro-oxidation of ammonia can generate hydrogen for fuel production. But, there are challenges that need to be addressed to make ammonia a potential hydrogen source.
The proposed PhD project is focused upon overcoming some of those challenges. Within this area of research, you will master advanced wet chemistry and physical deposition methods for the preparation of electrocatalysts. Advanced characterization methods (i.e., SEM, TEM etc.) will be applied to assess electrode performance, and you will employ electrochemical methods to assess activity. You will also learn about electrochemical cell construction and optimise design to lower energy consumption.