Do you want to make a difference and contribute towards decarbonisation of the energy sector? The PhD in Clean Energy is an opportunity for you to develop technical skills in development, design, and assessment of clean energy systems. You will not only develop novel concepts for clean energy systems, but also will undergo an academic mentoring and development programme that will make you a well-rounded researcher.

Decarbonisation of the power, heat and industrial sectors is critical to meeting the Paris Agreement targets. Thus, achieving this ambitious emission reduction goal requires a wide deployment of novel clean energy technologies that will enable these sectors to remain competitive at near-zero or even negative CO2 emissions. 
This research project aim to develop, and systematically assess the techno-economic feasibility of, novel CCUS-based concepts that will enable a step-change in decarbonisation of the heat, power, and industrial sectors.  
Cranfield University has a clear mission to be a leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, with the strategic priority of delivering cutting-edge internationally recognised research to address the wide needs of society, government, and business. This research project will be conducted within the Clean Power Engineering Centre, the core research activities of which are in design and engineering of advanced energy systems. The academic and research staff in the Centre have strong track records in developing, and assessing the feasibility of, advanced concepts for clean power generation and decarbonisation of carbon-intensive industries.
This research project will enable you to develop an international professional network of contacts through international and national conferences, as well as engagement with the industrial contacts of the research group. From day one, you will be mentored by your supervisors what will enable you to deliver high impact research outputs and publish in top journals in the Energy field. 
Throughout your PhD, you will learn how to perform the techno-economic feasibility assessment, analyse and present complex data, and efficiently disseminate the research outputs. You will also gain a hands-on experience in developing process models using commercial software and developing your own codes as required. Apart from the technical skills, you will also have multiple opportunities to develop your soft-skills, such as presentations and networking, and collaborate with our academic and industrial partners.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSWEE0088


Dr Dawid Hanak 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Energy Engineering or a related discipline. 


This is a self-funded opportunity so the student would need to source their own funding.

The PhD tuition fees are (£6,760/year for UK or EU student, and £18,500/year for overseas students) and the living expenses (approximately £800-£1000 per month). 
Explore financial support opportunities in our funding pages.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact: 
Dr Dawid Hanak
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 4121

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form

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