UK Catalysis Hub Research Associate position in Water Splitting Materials (fixed-term post) with University of Bath

We are looking for a Research Associate to work on an experimental chemistry project focussing on oxide materials for water splitting reactions in the Department of Chemistry. This is a position funded by the UK Catalysis Hub.

About the role:

The Department of Chemistry have an opportunity for a Catalysis Hub Research position in the groups of Dr Simon FreakleyProf. Frank Marken (Bath, Chemistry) and Dr Rosa Arrigo (Salford, Chemistry and Diamond Light Source).

One of the challenges facing the 21st century is to develop robust and active materials for water splitting reactions to store renewable energy. This project aims to develop a greater understanding of the promotional effects of alkali metals on the activity of iridium oxides. This builds on work currently underway (e.g. ACS Applied Energy Materials 2020) and seeks to combine expertise in materials synthesis, advanced characterisation and electrochemical performance. 

In this work programme varying methods of alkali doping will be developed to determine structure ‚Äď activity ‚Äď stability relationships which can lead to the next generation of catalytic materials. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated researcher to work on an interdisciplinary research project and develop strong interactions between central facilities and industry project partners.

Experience in electrochemistry, catalysis, materials synthesis and characterisation is desirable. Good organisational and presentation skills are essential as is the ability to work well in an interdisciplinary environment. Interaction with further academic and industrial partners is desirable.

The research will be based at Bath for a period of 12 months with an expected end date no later than 29 November 2023.

For informal enquires please contact Simon Freakley (, however, please submit your application via the University website. For more information and to apply visit

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