Research Fellow in Green Hydrogen, Hybrid Thermochemical Water Splitting Process

Surrey, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £36,383 per annum
21 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Chemical & Process Engineering

Location: Guildford
Salary: £33,309 to £36,383 per annum
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 05 August 2022
Reference: 040022

Job Description:

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in the Energy and Materials research group in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE). The position is funded by an Innovate-UK Research Grant (Project number: 10028955) under the Smart Grants- October 2021 call: “CHROME – Clean Hydrogen Manufacture”, which will be conducted in close collaboration with the industrial partners, Clean Hydrogen Ltd. and Fluor UK. The team requires a dedicated postgraduate researcher to develop a robust redox pair for efficient hydrogen production based on an innovative thermochemical-electrochemical looping process developed at the University of Surrey. The project involves designing a lab-scale hybrid thermochemical water splitting rig including an efficient thermochemical reactor integrated with a modified alkaline electrolyser to study its water-splitting performance and energy efficiency for green hydrogen generation using the synthesised redox pairs.

The Energy and Materials team at the University of Surrey has a strong background in the synthesis, optimisation and application of advanced functional materials for energy conversion and storage. The research group has specific interests in synthesising, characterising and fabricating small-scale electrochemical devices to develop novel and highly efficient water electrolysers and hydrogen fuel cells. Green hydrogen production, energy materials, and multiscale materials modelling with experimental approaches for use in a variety of sustainable electrochemical technologies (fuel cells, electrolysers, and CO2 reduction), reverse electrodialysis and metal-air batteries) are the other aspects of the research activities at the Energy and Materials group at the CPE.

The Research Fellow will be tasked with:

  1. Design and develop a thermoselectrochemical looping system for efficient water-splitting, including a thermochemical oxidation reactor and an alkaline reduction electrolyser and measure the figures of merit for the process and the performance of various redox pairs;
  2. Synthesis and physicochemically characterise highly efficient redox pairs and functional metal oxide composites with multiple oxidation states and test their performance and efficiency for water splitting in the thermoelectrochemical looping rig (the characteristic analysis includes, but is not limited to, energy conversion efficiency measurement, water-splitting efficiency, reaction kinetics study, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS analysis), electrochemical cell performance measurement, etc.);
  3. Be fully engaged with all consortium activities as required by the grant conditions and consortium agreement. This will involve collaborating with teams of researchers from diverse backgrounds (Clean Hydrogen Ltd, University of Surrey, and Fluor Ltd) for scientific exchanges and attending regular project meetings and outreach within the UK and national/international conferences;
  4. Assist in the production of intellectual property and/or high-impact papers for the benefit of both team members and the University of Surrey; and
  5. Assist with the supervision of students in the group (postgraduate, undergraduate, and overseas visitors).

The postdoctoral research fellow will work in a team with the project industrial partners (Clean Hydrogen Ltd. and Fluor UK) and the other relevant consortium members and collaborators to develop the technical datasheets through a combined theoretical and experimental approach for commercialising the hybrid water splitting process.

This position is initially for a duration of 12 months. The preferred start date would be on the 1st of July, 2022.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD or EngD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, or the other relevant major degrees. Prior experience in design and testing the water-splitting systems, thermochemical reactor design, chemical looping processes, and water electrolysers are essential. Candidates should apply online, carefully answer all the application form questions, and attach a curriculum vitae (with details on education, research experiences, successes and the relevant publications to date). As part of the application, the applicant should also upload two letters of recommendation to the supporting documents.

Prospective applicants can contact Dr Bahman Horri ( ) if they need any specific further information on the post.

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community. Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.