PhD Studentship in Two-dimensional Materials for Energy Storage Systems in Three Dimensions


Closing date: 06/02/2022

Funding amount: The studentship covers full UK/International fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609

Award Summary

The studentship covers full UK/International fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project described below at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training.

This PhD project aims to revolutionise energy storage systems through advances in nanoscale materials processing. After the discovery of graphene, named wonder material of the 21st century, a range of two-dimensional (2D) materials with new fascinating properties have been developed. A growing family of 2D materials is “MXene” which offers versatile electrical and electrochemical properties, suitable for a wide range of energy storage systems. During your PhD journey, you will work with this novel class of 2D materials and develop practical strategies to harness its outstanding nanoscale properties in three-dimensional (3D) architectures.

If you are passionate about making new discoveries that can have a lasting impact on future energy storage systems, we invite you to apply for this exciting PhD programme.

Number of awards: 1

Start date: September 2022

Award duration: 4 years

Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)


Dr. Shayan Seyedin ([email protected])
Prof Lidija Siller ([email protected])
Dr. Marloes Peeters ([email protected])

Prof. Karl Coleman ([email protected])

Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic excellence 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.

  • Academic excellence in an appropriate subject area relevant to proposed project.

  • The award is available to UK and international applicants.

  • If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

How to apply

Applicant should include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and include the advert reference number.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create an account’. All relevant fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8208F in the programme of study section

  • Select PhD Energy Materials as the programme of study

  • Insert the advert reference number renu2203 in the studentship/partnership reference field

  • Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code renu2203, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project

  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Newcastle University values individual differences and the diversity that this brings. We want to ensure that no-one is at a disadvantage because of who they are. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, and requests for flexible study (e.g. part-time) are welcomed.

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