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Modelling and data-driven optimisation for developing hydrogen production and storage materials and technologies


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time) 5 years (part-time)

Application deadline:

10 February 2023

About this project

Applications are invited for a PhD project to work in the modelling and data-driven optimisation of hydrogen production and storage options that match applications with technological, economic and environmental benefits.

Advancing the hydrogen economy is currently recognised as a critical element for decarbonisation. To achieve the global greenhouse gas emissions targets and move both industry and society towards a net zero emission path, there is an urgent need for hydrogen to be used as feedstock for energy to fuel industrial processes, domestic heating and for transport.

Many fundamental and dynamic issues in the chemical and physical processes involved in hydrogen production and storage have not been fully understood. To gain a more quantitative perspective and assist in the optimisation of these processes, a multiphysics modelling and simulation study will be carried out. The focus is to study the energetic cavitation bubbles interaction with the different chemical species in the catalysis process for enhancing chemical reactions, as well as how the dynamic bubbles can enhance the formation of porosity in the metal-organic materials from the liquid state to solid state.

This project will develop models to better understand the underlying physics that underpin the optimisation of electrolysis processes for maximising hydrogen production as well as investigate the mechanisms involved in different hydrogen storage options. The models will be tested and validated using a combination of theoretical and experimental results.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Jie Yang.


Join us at a free webinar at 6 pm on Thursday 8 December for more information about the funded projects available through this cluster. You will be able to hear from PhD supervisors and ask questions about the programme

About the research cluster


This project will be part of the interdisciplinary research cluster ‘Development of innovative hydrogen production and storage technologies for a net-zero emission society’ funded by the University of Hull PhD Cluster Scholarships Scheme 2023/24, formed by four fully-funded PhD scholarships in themes related to hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, optimisation and modelling, and industrial applications. The successful applicant will be based at the School of Natural Sciences and also be part of the wider team from the School of Engineering within the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Aura Innovation Centre. All PhD cluster students will work in close partnership with industrial partners, providing an exceptional PhD training environment.

How to apply

You will need to supply a personal statement when applying for this scholarship position. Find out more about writing a personal statement. Please also ensure you include the following information:

  1. What motivates you to pursue PhD study
  2. Why you are interested in this project
  3. How your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need
  4. The wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.

Apply for this scholarship Full time | Part time

Closing date for applications

10 February 2023

Start date

18 September 2023

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  • The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant/stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 22/23 is £4596 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £17668 per annum. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
  • If you need to move into a fourth year (full-time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period and you will be required to pay a continuation fee.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a mathematical or chemical engineering related subject. A taught MSc or Masters by Research in a relevant subject or relevant modelling and simulation experience with ordinary or partial differential equations would be an advantage.

For more details on our entry requirements please visit the postgraduate admissions webpage.

This scholarship is available for full-time and part-time study.

International applicants

This opportunity comes with a Home fee waiver only, which will not cover the full International fee. You will therefore need to pay the difference between the Home fee and the International fee every year and will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover this.

The amount you will have to pay will depend on the PhD programme that you will be registered on.

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship for full-time and within five years and six months if studying part-time.

Research training

As a PhD student here at the University of Hull you will undertake the Postgraduate Training Scheme alongside your main degree, to help you develop the research skills and knowledge you’ll need in your future career. You will gain an additional Certificate or Diploma in Research Training in addition to your PhD.