Delivering the next generation of global leaders in industrial decarbonisation

Building on the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC), we are delighted to announce EPSRC funding to develop and deliver the Centre for Doctoral Training in Green Industrial Futures (CDT GIF). The centre will bring together four world-leading university partners (Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College London, University of Bath and University of Sheffield) to lead an ambitious programme that will train 100 students to doctoral-level degrees (PhD) in pathways to net zero industries.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of IDRIC and the CDT-GIF, said: “There is a substantial and pressing demand for training doctoral-level graduates to underpin research and development for industrial decarbonisation, and also more widely, to prepare future leaders for the net zero agenda.”

“Our Centre for Doctoral Training will deliver this next generation of global leaders, through a world-leading research and training programme that spans multiple research disciplines. This unique training will systematically bring together key technology solutions to fully decarbonise industry and address national and global priorities.”

Students will develop significant depth of expertise on innovative, industry-led research projects in the following topics: (1) Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS); (2) green hydrogen and sustainable fuels; (3) CO2 removals; (4) energy & resource efficiency and systems integration. Alongside the technical research, the CDT-GIF students will address the social, policy, regulatory and economic challenges in how these technologies are integrated into the industrial system. The value of bringing these technologies and research areas together is to mirror the ‘real-world’ industrial landscape, create optionality and flexibility in net zero pathways and deliver practical, joined-up solutions for end-users.

Through the cohort-based training programme, our students will also develop an expansive understanding of how their research is integrated and applied in the wider industrial system, with unique opportunities to visit some of the world’s largest pilot and demonstrator plants. As a result, the centre will deliver graduates that are internationally connected and who can contextualise technologies within a global system, such as scaling of technologies and supply chains.

In addition, CDT-GIF students will undertake extensive courses to enhance their business and communications skills, as well as undertaking immersive industry secondments, enabling our graduates to move directly and efficiently into industry-related roles.

To find out more about how you can support a CDT-GIF student and be a valued partner of this centre, or if you are a prospective student please contact CDT coordinator, Dr Charlotte McLean (Charlotte.McLean@hw.ac.uk).