PhD Studentship: Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Capture

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Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship based in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, under the supervision of Dr Alexander Forse, which will develop electrochemical systems for carbon dioxide capture.

Research in the Forse group centres around the development of new materials for climate change mitigation. Electrochemical carbon dioxide capture is an emerging strategy for capturing carbon dioxide at source, and offers an energy-efficient means to prevent carbon dioxide emissions. The overarching aims of this PhD project are to understand the mechanisms of electrochemical carbon dioxide capture, and to design improved devices. Specifically, the project will involve electrode synthesis/fabrication, electrochemical gas adsorption experiments, data analysis and interpretation, with opportunities to carry out in situ NMR spectroscopy measurements. The successful applicant will benefit from access to state-of-the-art gas adsorption instruments, potentiostats, NMR spectrometers and wet-lab space, as required for this project.

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second-class Masters degree in a relevant subject such as chemistry. Practical experience of materials chemistry, or electrochemistry, or solid-state NMR spectroscopy would be beneficial, but in no way essential.

The studentship will commence in October 2024 and provides a maintenance grant at the UKRI national rate, and tuition fees at the UK/home rate. Non-UK applicants will be considered if they are able to fund the overseas fees differential, or if they are awarded a suitable scholarship.

To apply, please submit an application through the University Applicant Portal: for the course "PhD in Chemistry", naming Dr Alexander Forse as potential supervisor.

Interviews are likely to be in early January.

For any queries about this studentship, please contact Dr Forse by email at

Please quote reference MA39143 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We encourage good work-life balance, and accommodate flexible working arrangements.

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