Join the group!

We're always looking for enthusiastic and engaged people to join our team of researchers. Take a look below for listed opportunities. We're also happy to talk to exceptional candidates about scholarship and fellowship opportunities; get in touch with Josh in the first instance.

In our group, we strive to provide an inclusive research environment, and so welcome applications regardless of gender, race, sexuality, (dis)ability, religion and background. 

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Current Positions

PhD Studentships

We aim to recruit 1-2 PhD students each year. Our current opportunities include:

Catalysts for the low-temperature production of hydrogen from ammonia

Energy storage technologies are a key part of the transition to a sustainable energy system, enabling the balancing of intermittent renewable electricity supplies and the switch to low-carbon transportation. Ammonia, already the chemical feedstock for inorganic fertilisers, has recently gained attention as a potential sustainable fuel and means of storing and transporting hydrogen. Its use in these applications requires the use of catalysts to release stored hydrogen. Metal amides and imides are a new class of catalysts for this reaction which show great promise by avoiding the need for the use of rare metals. This project will involve the design, synthesis and catalytic testing of a range of metal amide/imide materials, including the use of in situ analysis approaches to determine the mechanism of catalytic action.

The researcher will be trained and develop skills in solid state synthesis, air-sensitive handling techniques, structural analysis by powder diffraction, and catalyst characterisation. This project forms part of a larger research programme which seeks to demonstrate the use of metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials across a range of energy-related applications.