Developing next generation of Low Cost High Performance Alkaline Fuel Cells using anion exchange membrane and bio-fuels PhD

Chemical Engineering
Entry requirements:
4 years
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Reference number:
Start date:
October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
15 March 2018



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Project detail

Our overall aims of this project are to draw together the nascent work on new catalysts for both anode and cathode, membranes, Membrane-Electrode-Assembly and fuel cell stacks development in LU and UCL in order to determine the feasibility of formulating low cost and high performance (active and durable) membrane electrode assemblies for direct alkaline fuel cells accessing a wider range of liquid oxygenate fuels (in particular the biofuels). A key aspect of the research will be fundamental (both theoretical/DFT modelling and experimental), mechanistic studies of both anode and cathode in order to formulate a theoretical model to aid in the identification of high performance and low cost catalyst breakthrough for liquid fuel/biofuel oxidation and oxygen reduction under alkaline conditions.


Primary supervisor:  Prof. Wen-Feng Lin

Secondary supervisors:  Prof. Rui Chen, and Prof. Dan Brett (University College London)

Find out more

For further project details email Prof. Wen-Feng Lin or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about postgraduate research in the department of Chemical Engineering please visit our website.

Entry Requirements

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials or Chemical Engineering.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: electrochemistry, nano-materials synthesis and characterization, DFT atomistic modelling, fuel cells multi-scale modelling.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentship is for 4 years and is intended to start in October 2018. The studentship is part of the UK EPSRC CDT in Fuel Cells and their Fuels and will include integrated studies, where there are taught modules in the first two years in Science, Engineering, Energy, Fuel Cell technologies, team building as well as Business, Economics and Management. The studentship provides a stipend of £14,553 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Chemical Engineering.

Please quote reference number: CG-WFL-1801

Application details

Reference number: CG-WFL-1801
Start date: October 2018
Application deadline: 15 March 2018
Interview date: 19 March 2018