PhD scholarship: High performance catalyst for low temperature methane reforming for solid oxide fuel cells


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually. Single Overseas Student Health Cover, approximately $3,800.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 10 July 2020
Closing date 9 August 2020


This project aims to develop high performance catalyst for low temperature methane reforming. Solid oxide fuel cells are a promising clean energy technology which can convert the chemical energy of natural gas or hydrogen directly to electricity with electrical efficiency as high as 60%. But its high operating temperature is a barrier for its widespread utilisation. Developing novel electrodes which can work at low temperature is attracting increasing research interests. This project will develop catalysts for methane reforming at temperature below 650 degree C, which can be applied to the anode of solid oxide fuel cells. This project is sponsored by Nissan Japan.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘SOLID OXIDE FUELin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

A background in chemical engineering, chemistry or materials engineering would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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Professor John Zhu
+61 7 3365 3528
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Terms and conditions

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.