Highly efficient exsolved catalysts for CO₂ utilisation

Making synthetic fuels from greenhouse gases through novel materials. 

Start date

1 April 2022


4 years

Application deadline

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Funding source

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Funding information

Full tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. Funding available for international and UK students. Funded by the University of Surrey


EU aims to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. At the moment the energy sector is responsible for ~75% of these emissions and our energy demands only keep increasing. This project will explore the exsolution of highly active heterostructures seeking to develop the new state of the art catalysts for CO2 conversion to high value fuels or chemicals. Specifically, the focus will be on the design, characterisation and incorporation of these materials in technologies that aim for a carbon neutral future and an emphasis will be given on developing a fundamental understanding of the principles that govern such processes.

The successful candidate will receive extensive research training and will be given multiple opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops and seminars to develop professional skills and research network.

We are able to offer this opportunity starting in April 2022. 

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Department of Chemical and Process Engineering Energy and materials research

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have a first or upper-second class degree in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification). Preferably applicants will hold an Meng or MSc degree, though exceptional BSc students will be considered. 

English Langauge requirements 

IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category. 

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Chemical and Process Engineering programme page. Please contact Dr Kelly Kousi with your CV prior to submitting your application.

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Contact details

Kelly Kousi
08 BC 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689472
E-mail: k.kousi@surrey.ac.uk



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