A PhD scholarship is available to investigate new methods of producing advanced carbon materials sustainably under the supervision of Dr Jessica Allen

PHD Scholarship: Molten Salt Slow Pyrolysis for Advanced Carbon and Renewable Energy

Friday, 19 May 2017

A PhD scholarship opportunity is available for a student investigate new methods of producing advanced carbon materials sustainably   with a by-product of zero emission electrical energy, under the supervision of  Dr Jessica Allen

This project involves the investigation of a new method to produce advanced carbon materials sustainably and with a by-product of zero emission electrical energy.

The method involves biomass slow pyrolysis in the presence of alkali metal carbonate catalysts.

The project will involve generation of advanced carbon materials at moderate temperatures from a variety of biomass feedstocks, mixed with alkali metal carbonates in controlled ratios, under varied pyrolysis conditions.

Carbon materials produced will be investigated for their use in electrochemical energy storage devices, and electrochemical behaviour will be understood in terms of physical and chemical characteristics of the material, which may be modified by changing processing or post-processing conditions.

The project will include elevated temperature thermal treatment investigations including preparation and characterisation of materials using physical, chemical and electrochemical techniques.

Techniques expected to be utilised include, but are not limited to: TGA, DTA, DSC, XRD, XPS, FTIR, GC, SEM, EDS, TEM, CV and SPECS.


ON Early Career Researcher (ECR) Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarship. Scholarship Value: $26,682 p.a. (2017 rate), indexed in January each year. The scholarship is for a period of three years, with the possibility of a six-month extension.


GPA of at least 5.25 out of 7, English Proficiency, Honours Class One or equivalent. The ideal student for this project will be a chemical engineering graduate who has also studied chemistry or another physical science. The scholarship is open to domestic and international students.


If you have any questions about your application, please contact Dr Jessica Allen (j.allen@newcastle.edu.au)

Contact: Dr Jessica Allen
Email: j.allen@newcastle.edu.au
Phone: +61 02 4033 9359


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