University invests in sustainable materials with new Centre for Doctoral Training

News | Posted on Monday 19 December 2022

A new interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will focus on developing critical raw materials for energy-related technologies.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials for Net Zero (SusMat0) will play a key role in tackling the challenge of achieving net zero emissions in the UK by 2050.

SusMat0 is an interdisciplinary mini CDT between the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology and the Department of Chemistry.

It will focus on the development, optimisation and translation of sustainable materials. This includes research on materials for energy generation and storage technologies (for example solar cells, batteries), devices with improved energy efficiency (for example OLEDs, memories, power electronics) and technologies for synthesising chemicals using renewable energy.

The mini CDT will also provide opportunities for potential PhD students who are interested in pursuing these areas of research. Four fully funded projects are available for an October 2023 start as well as multiple projects for applicants who already have their own funding.

SusMat0 was one of the three inter-departmental mini CDTs awarded by the University of York in August 2022. The application process began in April this year and was led by Professor Keith McKenna who is now the CDT Director.