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Combustion Characteristics of Hydrogen in Engines


Applications are invited for one full-time PhD Studentship within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering funded by Shell Global Solutions. The PhD studentship is for a period of up to 48 months (4 years), effectively from 2024 to 2028. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £23,000 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

Project Details

Applicants should submit the documents below to be considered for a research project on the Combustion Characteristics of Hydrogen in Engines.

The hydrogen powered engines are vital to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions but they face several challenges with respect to abnormal knocking combustion. This project aims at developing mechanisms to understand hydrogen combustion that will account explicitly for the chemical and residual gas effects under a wide range of pressures and temperatures. Software such as CHEMKIN, CONVERGE, FOAM and in-house developed MATLAB codes will be used in this research to understand Hydrogen combustion in Heavy Duty Engines.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Lionel Christopher Ganippa

or Professor Thanos Megaritis via email to and



Applicants will have or be expected to receive a minimum 2:1 or 1st class degree in Mechanical or Aerospace or Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or any related discipline with an experience in programming and knowledge in Chemical Kinetics or Combustion. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.

The applicant should be eligible for Home Tuition Fees (UK citizen or permanent resident).

How to apply

Please e-mail your application comprising of all the documents listed below to by Noon on Tuesday 30th April:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A research statement of 500-1,000 words setting out your project ideas
  • A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable


Interviews will take place during May 2024.  

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Thanos Megaritis - Academic Career 2011 to date. Professor in Thermofluids, Brunel University London 2005-2011. Senior Lecturer/Reader in Thermofluids, Brunel University London 1999-2005. Lecturer in Thermofluids, Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham 1994-1998. Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Imperial College London Academic and Professional Qualifications PhD, DIC, Internal Combustion Engines, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London Dipl Ing Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece EurIng(FEANI) Chartered Engineer, CEng

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