Hydrogen Energy

1. Project title: Design and optimisation of electrolyser for hydrogen production

Project summary

Hydrogen is a promising next generation renewable energy to reduce carbon footprint. Water electrolysis is a promising route to produce hydrogen, however, this process has not been well designed and optimised. This project aims to develop a highly-efficient electrolysis system by combining CFD approaches and lab experiments for exploring the optimised design, configuration and productivity.

Novelty and Contribution:

Supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), this project will develop new design tools for optimising the process of photo-voltaic electrolysis (PVE), in terms of e.g. bubbles resistance, ionic resistance, new membrane materials in the electrolyser. Subsequently, the optimisation can be applied to increase the electrolyser efficiency.

Expected outcome:

This project will develop a comprehensive electrolyser model for simulating the complicated electrochemical phenomenon in the electrolyser system and thereby providing the necessary information for the technology upgrading. A number of scientific articles and conference presentations will also be produced within the duration of the project.

The model development is challenging and demanding. We welcome students who have experience in water electrolysis process/electrolyser and CFD modelling, or are interested in solving challenging problems to join our group.  We could provide scholarships for both domestic and international students.


2. Project title: Phase diagrams calculations and materials design for renewable energy-focused materials

The current renewable devices fail to achieve satisfactory efficiency, due to lack of in-depth understanding of the materials processing and materials properties. Phase diagrams are powerful tools to characterise and select potential materials. This project will develop phase diagrams for renewable energy-focused materials by combing the experimental methods and thermodynamic optimisation methods using XRD, SEM-EDS, DTA, and CALPHAD technique. This project will contribute a set of reliable thermodynamic database of the related renewable energy materials and also work as a cost-effective tool to design scientific experiments and manufacture of alloy.

We earnestly welcome students who are interested in this project to join our group.  Various scholarships could be applied for both domestic and international students. Moreover, the research experience and skills acquired during PhD study will secure job opportunities in future.

3. Project title: Numerical optimisation of hydrogen storage tank design 

Project summary:

Hydrogen is the most promising energy source that can be applied environmentally friendly and economically. One key issue in hydrogen industry is to effectively store hydrogen. This project aims to conduct the process and design optimisation of the hydrogen storage system, including the internal structure configuration, materials, and operating conditions.  For improving the performance of the storage system, a series of new designs will be proposed and numerically examined to evaluate their performance. It is expected that we can achieve the technological innovation of hydrogen storage in the near future. A number of scientific articles and conference presentations will also be produced within the duration of the project.


We welcome the students who are interested in renewable energy and numerical modelling technology to joins us, and we could provide various scholarships for international and domestic students. 

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