Value added chemicals produced via electrochemical CO2 reduction

Renewable‐electricity‐powered electrocatalytic CO2 reduction reactions (CO2RR) have been identified as an emerging technology to address the issue of rising CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. While the CO2RR has been demonstrated to be technically feasible, further improvements in catalyst performance through active sites engineering are a prerequisite to accelerate its commercial feasibility for utilization in large CO2‐emitting industrial sources. The open PhD project will focus on the preparation of metal-carbon nanomaterials using various scalable fabrication strategies for CO2RR. These catalysts would be tested in electrolyzer prototypes (as depicted below) under industrially relevant conditions in a bid to promote commercialization of this technology.

Key techniques: electrochemistry, nanomaterial preparation, electrolyzers, in-situ and ex-situ characterizations, artificial photosynthesis.
Environment: The students will have access to state-of-the-art experimentation facilities, mentoring opportunities and fun and nurturing working environment to gain necessary expertise facilitating their career in industry or academic research. The project will be based at Particles and Catalysis Research Laboratories ( in the School of Chemical Engineering.
Supervisor: Scientia Prof Rose Amal and Dr Rahman Daiyan (School of Chemical Engineering) 

Further information regarding the project and application process can be obtained by contacting Scientia Prof. Rose Amal (

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