ReNU PhD Studentship in Utilizing the Nanoscale Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials in Three-Dimensional Energy Storage Systems

Newcastle upon Tyne

Value of award : 100% of home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,285. Successful international candidates may be required to make up the difference between the home and international fees.
Start date and duration : September 2021 for 4 years.
Application closing date : 24 January 2021.


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. 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.

You will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) and receive guidance from an interdisciplinary team who are making discoveries at the frontier of nanoscale materials for energy systems. The skills that you will receive throughout your PhD, will enable you to drive forward innovation in practical energy systems of future.

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.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Shayan Seyedin (, Prof Lidija Siller (, Dr Marloes Peeters (, and Dr Terence Liu (

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

Home and International students (Inc. EU) are welcome to apply. We have a limited number of International awards available, and applicants may be required to provide additional fees not covered by the UKRI Home fee contribution. Further information will be provided at application stage.

How to Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

  • Insert the programme code 8208Fin the programme of study section
  • Select PhD Energy Materials as the programme of study
  • Insert the advert reference number renu211 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code renu211, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and include the advert reference number.
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


For further information please email Dr Shayan Seyedin (