CO2 fuel! Capturing CO2 and converting to fuel - PROJECT FILLED

About the project or challenge area

There is a great need to address the global environmental challenge of developing CO2 capture, storage and conversion technologies. Porous materials play a vital role in this field, particularly conjugated microporous polymers; they combine π-conjugated structures with permanent porosity, and high thermal and chemical stability. We have developed novel redox-functional porous materials that show highly selective CO2 capture capabilities, and, separately, developed novel electrocatalysts for CO2 conversion. This proposed collaborative project will explore the use of these redox-active functional porous materials in electrocatalytic applications, thus to produce materials capable of capturing CO2 from the air and converting it into a variety of products (e.g. methanol) at low potentials.

Why choose this opportunity?

The focus of your project will be on microporous polymer systems and their catalytic applications, which will provide an excellent platform to learn about the design of functional materials, electrocatalysis, applications, and the impact that your work can make on global challenges. You will develop and increase your expertise in broad chemical synthesis and characterisation techniques, whilst becoming familiar with the fundamental of electrocatalysis. Furthermore, this project will require your collaboration with other members across two research groups, thus improving your teamwork and networking skills. You will furthermore be developing a range of additional transferable skills, including presentation, scientific writing, and project and time management. Finally, you will be interacting with students from all over the world learning from their culture and skills, adding to your professional and personal development.

Full training will provided for all aspects of this project. In addition to your supervisory team you will be assigned a PhD mentor for the duration of your project, who will provide support and help you to identify any additional training needs or opportunities.

About you

You will have skills and knowledge in synthetic chemistry, analytical skills, electrochemistry, team work and time management. These skills are desirable but not essential.

Bench fees

A bench fee of £4000 is required. A small number of School of Chemistry Bench fee bursaries are available to part-cover bench fees.

How to apply

Please note this project has been filled. If you have any questions, please contact

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).


Your supervisor for this project will be Charl FJ Faul, Professor of Materials Chemistry in the School of Chemistry. You can contact him at +44 (0) 117 954 6321 or email

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Low Carbon Energy theme is a vibrant community of researchers who innovate in every part of the energy system, from generation and storage, to regulation and end-user demand. Find out more about the Low Carbon Energy research theme.

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