New renewable energy technology

Sudden humidity swings are part of our daily life from natural or manmade occurrences. Human body temperature regulation works on the evapotranspiration of water through the skin, the relative humidity in a dishwasher usually swings from 30% to 100% and humidity changes between day and night are present in humid and dry areas alike. The swing between two relative humidity levels always corresponds to an energy change which is possible to harvest. In the past, three proof of principles experiments exploiting three different mechanisms have shown that it is possible to harvest energy from humidity but not beyond the generation of negligible powers. The present project looks beyond these results, exploits different chemical-physical schemes and aims at generating noticeable powers in a true engineering device.
In your studies you will work in the Emerging Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (ESTech Lab), be part of a world leading research group in sustainable technologies towards the development of a proof-of-concept super-efficient processes for energy generation and have access to state-of-the-art equipment available including rapid prototyping tools.
Your studies will be carried out at the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) and will include modelling activities supported by experiments. You will attain skills in modelling, design and testing of new renewable energy technologies.
Please note, the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been identified.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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•    Undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or chemistry
•    Desirable criteria: i) knowledge of thermodynamics of fluid phase equilibria or physical chemistry; ii) basic skills on utilization of one computational tool such as Matlab, Mathcad, Mathematica etc…

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.


Competition funding (tuition fees and stipend) may be available for Home students. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to award this funding to an EU or Overseas applicant.

Home, EU and Overseas students who have secured, or intend to apply for, their own external funding (through scholarship or otherwise) are welcome to apply – please provide details of the funding source in your application.

Applications are also welcomed from all self-funded students.

Further information and other funding options.

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