Development of a novel "three-way" catalyst for hydrogen generation from water-gas-shift reaction

Host Faculty: Engineering
General Subject Area: Chemical Engineering, Catalysis
Project Level: PhD
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Biomass resources have promising potentials to produce a hydrogen-rihc syngas stream for the production of renewable hydrogen. However, the high concentration os hydrogen, as well as the presence of carbon dioxide, restrict the conversion of steam reforming and water-gas-shift (WGS) reactions. This 3-year PhD project will develop a catalytic reaction system to enhance the production of hydrogen using a novel "three-way" catalyst at a high reaction temperature. The ultimate goal is to provide a unique possibility of hydrogen export for New Zealand.

We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill this PhD position that is funded by a Smart Ideas project supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand. Strong candidates with a background in chemical engineering, chemistry or physical chemistry, and those who have an interest in catalysis should apply.

The candidates require the minimum of a bachelor's (honours) degree with first-class honours to be eligible for consideration. Priority will be given to applicants who are currently in New Zealand. An annual stipend of NZ$30,000 per annum will be provided for three years. The successful applicant will also be considered for other scholarships, such as the UC Doctoral Scholarship or Tuition-fee waiver.

This opportunity will remain open until the position has been filled. So, early applications are encouraged. For further information about this PhD position and the Laboratory ofro Energry and Environmental Catalysis at UC, please contact Associate Profesor Alex Yip.  


Supervisor: Alex Yip

Key qualifications and skills

Background in chemical engineering, chemistry or physical chemistry, and those who have an interest in catalysis. A bachelor's (honours) degree with first-class honours or equivalent. 

Does the project come with funding

Yes - NZ$30,000 per annum

Final date for receiving applications



catalysis; heterogeneous; hydrogen; energy