PhD Opportunities

Energy 2050 offers a range of fully-funded PhDs and self-funded PhDs across a wide range of energy-related topics. Find out more here.

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.
We host both fully-funded and un-funded PhD opportunities on a wide range of topics. Below is a list of current projects, for more information on the other PhD opportunities on the energy-related topics, please click the topics that interest you in the list below of PhD opportunities by category.

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Currently recruiting fully-funded PhD students:

EPSRC CDT in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems: Engineering Doctorate (EngD): Predicting Performance of Intensified Carbon Capture Inside Rotating Packed Beds using CFD Modelling.

For further information please contact Professor Derek Ingham (d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk)

EPSRC CDT in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems: Engineering Doctorate (EngD): Boosting the Efficiency and Durability of Novel Green Hydrogen Fuel-producing Electrolysers.

For further information please contact Professor Derek Ingham (d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk)

EPSRC CDT in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems: Engineering Doctorate (EngD): New Exhaust Gas Clean Up Systems for the Combustion of New, Low Carbon Fuels in Heavy Duty Engines.

For further information please contact Professor Bill Nimmo (w. nimmo@sheffield.ac.uk)

The following are typical self-funded PhD studentships:

Construction of Predictive Models for Pre-screening of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Ehsan Alborzi email: e.alborzi@sheffield.ac.uk

Utilisation of Captured Carbon for the Sustainable Production of Chemicals
For further information please contact Dr. Abby Samson email: a.samson@sheffield.ac.uk

Combustion and sustainability analysis of rDME and fuel blends – towards sustainable carbon neutral off-grid heating solutions
For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham email:  d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk

Enabling Net Zero Emissions Targets through Post Combustion Capture (PCC) of CO2 Using Amine-based Emerging Technology
For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham email:  d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk

Power Generation in rural communities
For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham: email d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk

Developing advanced models for future power generation technologies
For further information please contact Professor Derek B Ingham: email d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk

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 TERC facilities and in collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute in the USA.
For further information please contact Professor Derek Ingham: email d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk

Zero emissions power plants through combustion optimisation
For further information please contact Professor Derek Ingham: email d.ingham@sheffield.ac.uk

PhD Opportunities by category

For a full list of our PhD projects, and for more information on these PhD projects, please see use the categories below to navigate through our range of options. It is important to stress that the exact topic of the research will be tailored to the strengths of the candidate and the relevance to ongoing research within the Energy Engineering group.

Energy Policy and Analysis