Carbon dioxide utilisation from captured industry emissions

Reference number: CCPR104


Carbon capture and utilization (CCU) is anticipated to be a key technology for enabling industrial decarbonisation. Critical industries such as glass and steel manufacture will continue to be significant emitters of CO2 for the foreseeable future. Carbon capture offers a way to mitigate the environmental impact and utilization provides a way to take a waste-molecule (CO2) and turn it into a useful product.

The overall objective of the project is to develop new electrochemical approaches to carbon dioxide utilization. Electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction to useful fuels and feedstocks (e.g. CH4, CH3OH, CO) has been reported by numerous groups world-wide, including our own [1,2]. However integration with capture technologies is not yet viable. This studentship, which is part-funded by an industrial partner will explore the use of electrochemical approaches for both carbon dioxide capture and utilization. The successful candidate will work within our interdisciplinary research team to develop novel electrocatalysts/electrode structures and explore the viability of their deployment in real-world scenarios.

The project will appeal to students with interests in electrochemistry and catalysis. Experience of these topics is desirable, but not essential. Applications are encouraged from highly motivated candidates who have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry. Some teaching duties may be required.

Applications should be made as soon as possible but no later than 31st March 2024. Informal enquiries are also encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Alex Cowan ( Please quote reference CCPR104 in your application form.


Open to UK applicants

Funding information

Funded studentship

The award will pay full tuition fees and stipend at standard UKRI rate (stipend for 2023/2024 is £18,622) for 3.5 years. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in October 2024. Due to funding restrictions this post is limited to UK-based candidates only.



  1. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2022, 144 (17), 7551-7556,
  2. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2023, 25, 2300203,

Please also see for a full description of the group's work.