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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is an added value doctoral training programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) between Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities. Over the next 5 years it will create a pipeline of highly skilled doctoral graduates that will drive forward innovation in small scale renewable and sustainable distributed energy.
The CDT welcomes proposals for collaborative PhD studentship projects from industry that align with the EPSRC remit on new materials related to energy applications including alternative energy vectors, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics (PV), semiconductors, fuel cells and energy storage. Materials can include, amongst others, polymeric, complex oxide, nanoionic, caloric and porous materials for potential future energy applications. The EPSRC have stated that the research must be industrially relevant and have emphasised that PhD projects should be co-created and supported by industry and address the innovation challenges that industry faces in bringing new technologies to market.
The CDT welcomes all levels of support from industry including teaching materials/courses, use of facilities, placements through to co-funding of studentships. The minimum contribution for a co-funded studentship is £25,000, which will secure a programme of work on a technical challenge specific to the company and produce a PhD graduate as an expert in the technical area as a candidate for recruitment.
For more information please contact:
Dr Elizabeth Gibson
Reader in Energy Materials
Energy Materials Laboratory