Generation of electricity from humidity swings

Applications are invited for a postgraduate research position leading to a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

The laboratory of sustainable technologies at The University of Edinburgh is researching on a new way to produce electricity that exploits humidity swings in closed and open loop processes.

This research encompasses multi-disciplinary engineering fields. You have to be familiar with one of the following:

i) sorption materials (silica gels, zeolites, activated carbons) or fluids (i.e. solvents, salt solutions, ionic liquids etc…); ii) capacitors theory and practice; iii) solar thermal energy; iv) low grade heat recovery;

Experience on supercapacitors will be particularly valued.

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with a first class degree or upper second (or equivalent for non-UK students) or a combination of qualification and professional experience equivalent to that level, in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Materials Engineering.

Independent work, self-motivation, good team spirit and excellent communication skills are important assets of the successful candidate.

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Principal Supervisor: 

Assistant Supervisor: 


Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Further information and other funding options.

 Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere.

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