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TitleNatural hydrogen production in fault zones
AlternativeCSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD)
SupervisorDr Nicolas Thebaud
CourseDoctor of Philosophy
net zero emissions
energy future
Project description

The CSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD) is a four-year research training program, focusing on applied research that benefits industry by solving real-world challenges. It aims to produce the next generation of innovation leaders with the skills to work at the interface of research and industry in Australia.

The Project: Natural hydrogen production in fault zones

This Project focuses on investigating and unravelling the processes leading to natural hydrogen production within geological faults, combining classical petroleum system analysis with mineral system analysis. This holistic approach will provide valuable insights both for (i) exploration and extraction of hydrogen from geological formations and (ii) the fundamental understanding of H2 evolution within the crustal environment.

This iPhD provides a four year scholarship valued $46,000 per annum that includes a project expense package of up to $13,000 per annum.

Opportunity statusOpen
Open date01 May 2024
Close date30 Jun 2024
Additional documentsCSIRO Industry PhD Program - UWAH2EX CSIRO Scholarship Opportunity.pdf
SchoolGraduate Research School

1. University

Dr Nicolas Thebaud, The University of Western Australia, email: nicolas.thebaud@uwa.edu.au, School: Earth Sciences


Dr Emanuelle Frery, email: emanuelle.frery@csiro.au, CSIRO Business Unit: Energy Resources

3. Industry

Mr Ian Sylvester, H2EX Limited, email: ian.sylvester@h2ex.com.au, Website: www.h2ex.com.au

Specific project requirement

• Applicants must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand Citizen.
• Undergraduate training in geosciences.
• Experience in field base structural geology.
• Experience in petrography and/or fluid inclusions.

Additional information

Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) consisting of their CV and academic track record to Dr Nicolas Thebaud.

The successful applicant will then be invited to make a formal PhD application to UWA.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand Citizen.

See attachment for additional details.

Course typeDoctorates

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a program of independent, supervised research that is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis, sometimes including a creative work component, that is examined externally. The work presented for a PhD must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, demonstrating mastery of the subject of interest as well as an advance in that field of knowledge. 

Visit the course webpage for full details of this course including admission requirements, course rules and the relevant CRICOS code/s.

Duration4 years


Natural hydrogen production in fault zones