About Energy 2050

Energy 2050 is one of the UK’s largest energy research institutes. Based at the University of Sheffield, it has over 120 academics and more than 250 PhD students undertaking energy research and innovation.

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PhD Opportunities

Energy 2050 is committed to developing world-leading activity in energy research and we host a vibrant international community of more than 250 students undertaking energy PhDs.

Below is a list of current funded projects, for more information on other PhD opportunities see 'study with us'

Current recruiting:

Impeller shape optimisation for improved mixing in stirred reactors

The work in this project will first identify suitable impeller designs for batch reactors, and then develop a CFD methodology by which numerical shape optimisation can be performed

Construction of Predictive Models for Pre-screening of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work alongside our team of experts on the construction of predictive models for correlation between fuel chemical compositions and a number of properties, with a focus on blend optimisation.

Boosting the efficiency and durability of novel green hydrogen fuel-producing electrolysers

This project looks for ways to further improve the efficiency and the durability of the membrane-free electrolysers through investigating new materials, surface-treatments and/or designs

Predicting Performance of Intensified Carbon Capture Inside Rotating Packed Beds using CFD Modelling

In this project a rotating packed bed absorber will be modelled in Ansys FLUENT, with validation of the model’s outputs through use of the 1 tonnes of CO2 per day (TPD) pilot-scale rotating packed bed absorber at the University of Sheffield.

Development of direct air capture (DAC) technology driven by renewable energy and CO2 conversion to fuel

The project will be part of the EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems. The student who undertakes it will be 1 of a cohort of over 50 students in a broad range of disciplines across multiple Unis.

Investigating the benefits of using palletised eHGV batteries for transport fleet electrification/decarbonisation

This project addresses a currently under-investigated aspect of the government push to net zero, and the issues surrounding decarbonisation of commercial fleet vehicles.

New exhaust gas clean up systems for the combustion of new, low carbon fuels in heavy duty engines

Eminox is sponsoring a PhD student to work on fundamental aspects of underpinning knowledge that will help us to develop its business for a cleaner, low carbon future.

Utilisation of Captured Carbon for the Sustainable Production of Chemicals

This project will investigate the hydrogenation of CO2 and CO for the production of methanol, a key intermediate chemical, through an integrated two-stage reaction route.

Enabling Net Zero Emissions Targets through Post Combustion Capture (PCC) of CO2 Using Amine-based Emerging Technology

This project will study the effect of solvent degradation, arising from different process conditions and types of flue gas impurities, on the thermal reclaiming of monoethanolamine (MEA) and other solvents.

Deposition prevention for future power stations – an international collaboration with USA

The project will be built on existing research, which has previously been carried out for many years by the Sheffield team, with the measurement data from the national PACT facilities and in collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute in the

Power Generation in rural communities

Applications are invited for a competitive fully-funded PhD Studentship starting in 2018. The studentship will support a highly motivated researcher to undertake cutting-edge research on power generation in rural communities.