Research Associate in Lignin-Derived Carbon Foams for Hydrogen Storage Applications

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,199 - £37,345
23 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - £37,345
Closing date for applications 22-Sep-2019

Seeking a mechanical engineer who is interested in developing materials solutions to problems in sustainable energies.

There is one position available for a EPSRC project to develop a new class of carbon foam from the biomass-derived waste material, lignin.

The project focusses on the development of free-standing monolithic carbons, which are mechanically resistant, and will be used to store fuel gases at high densities to address current challenges in hydrogen storage for renewable energy and low-carbon transportation applications. The project will involve experimental work (materials synthesis, characterisation and testing) and data analysis to improve the mechanical properties of these lignin-derived carbon foams and optimise the gas trapping ability of these systems, to deliver a new class of gas storage systems for a range of practical applications.
The successful candidates will have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with experience in the synthesis, characterisation and properties testing of porous materials for hydrogen storage. Good team-work is essential, as is the ability to solve problems and work independently.

The candidates must have excellent communication skills, and proven experience in writing papers and giving conference presentations.
Experience of working in gas sorption, small-angle x-ray scattering, synthesis and testing of porous carbon nanomaterials is desirable. The project may involve some travel to conferences, for collaborative work and experiments at large scale facilities.

This position is being offered as full time, fixed-term for up to 9 months.
Interviews will be planned for the week starting Monday 2ndst September.

For informal enquiries, please contact Valeska Ting (

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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