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  (BBSRC DTP) Isonitrile synthesizing nonheme iron enzymes: substrate scope and potential
  Research Group: Molecular Systems and Biomaterials
  Dr S De Visser, Dr A Green, Dr S Hay
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Cheap and efficient synthesis of drug molecules remains a challenge and often leads to a large amount of by-products. Nature has developed a large range of enzymes for Natural Product Synthesis, but only few of them are able to incorporate an isonitrile group into a substrate.
  Development of robust and effective downstream purification and analytical techniques for glycolipid biosurfactants
  Research Group: Molecular Systems and Biomaterials
  Dr J Winterburn
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Glycolipid biosurfactants are naturally occurring, microbially produced amphiphiles with a range of unique properties including biodegradability and tolerance of a wide range of temperature and pH.
  Molecular modelling insights into the performance of polymeric coatings containing active corrosion inhibitors
  Research Group: Multiscale Modelling
  Dr F Siperstein, Prof X Zhou, Dr C Avendano
Application Deadline: 27 January 2020

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Sustainable Coatings by Rational Design (SusCoRD) is a multi-disciplinary project which aims to, for the first time, connect a detailed scientific understanding of the mechanisms of coatings failure with state-of-the-art-machine learning to deliver a framework for the optimisation of protective coatings and nanocomposite materials.
  Novel ways to model complex flows
  Research Group: Multiscale Modelling
  Prof A Masters
Applications accepted all year round

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While the equations governing the flow of Newtonian liquids like water or petrol are well-understood and excellent numerical methods exist to make accurate predictions of how such liquids will behave, the situation regarding complex fluids, such as blood, paint, shampoos, etc, is considerably less well understood.
  (BBSRC DTP) Developing enhanced production and separation techniques for glycolipid biosurfactants
  Research Group: Sustainable Industrial Engineering
  Dr J Winterburn, Dr P A Martin
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Glycolipid biosurfactants are naturally occurring amphiphiles with a range of unique properties including biodegradability and tolerance of a wide range of temperature and pH.
  (BBRSC DTP CASE) Controlling interfacial adsorption of bispecific therapeutics using multivalent ions
  Dr R Curtis, Dr A Pluen, Dr C F Blanford
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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ImmTAC molecules are a promising new class of bispecific therapeutics produced by Immunocore for applications in oncology and as new treatments for infectious diseases.
  “Smart” scaffolds for preventing post-surgery infections and evaluation in a simulated in vivo microenvironment
  Dr A Anastasiou
Applications accepted all year round

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Infections associated with bacterial colonisation around implants and scaffolds is a significant clinical problem both in orthopaedics and regenerative dentistry.
  Chemical Looping Technology integrated with dehydrogenation process
  Dr V Spallina
Applications accepted all year round

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Advanced energy and chemical plants require new reactors and processes designed to combine high efficiency, attractive economics and reduced pollutant emissions.
  Combined modulation excitation neutron and X-ray methods to understand catalytic systems
  Prof C Hardacre
Applications accepted all year round

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A longstanding challenge in liquid phase chemical science, is understanding the evolution of atomic and molecular structure of catalytically active sites during chemical reaction processes.
  Coupled flow-geomechanics for prediction of propagation and collapse of wormholes in matrix acidizing
  Dr M Babaei
Applications accepted all year round

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Acidizing is an established technique to stimulate enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from carbonate reservoirs.
  Design of advanced cyclic adsorption processes for complex gas separations
  Dr L Joss
Applications accepted all year round

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Gas adsorption is one of the key physical processes that underlie the numerous industrial uses of porous solids. These include separation processes (adsorption and membrane processes), catalytic reactions, energy storage, and gas recovery from unconventional plays.
  Developing NMR methods to characterise water transport through graphene-based membranes
  Dr C D'Agostino
Applications accepted all year round

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Graphene oxide membranes (GOMs) have shown significant promise as filtration devices since they are impermeable to many substances but not to water.
  Development of hybrid machine learning based strategy for bioprocess online control
  Dr D Zhang
Application Deadline: 30 August 2020

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The background of this research is to explore and integrate a range of mechanistic and machine learning based modelling strategies to develop a multilevel digital framework (digital twin) for industrial bioprocess dynamic simulation and prediction, online optimisation (online learning), and product quality control.
  Development of microfluidic devices to support actinide analysis
  Dr C Sharrad, Dr B Treves Brown
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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The primary objective of the project is to develop methods for the analysis of actinide materials using minimal sample amounts and generating the lowest volumes of radioactive wastes requiring costly treatment and disposal processes.
  Foam Flow in Porous Media: From Fundamentals to Applications
  Dr N Shokri
Applications accepted all year round

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During oil production from underground oil reservoirs, only a fraction of oil tends to be extracted during the primary recovery phase, prior to the oil reservoir becoming too depleted to push additional oil out naturally.
  Gas-solid processes for decarbonised steel industry
  Dr V Spallina, Prof A Azapagic
Applications accepted all year round

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Advanced energy and chemical plants require new reactors and processes designed to combine high efficiency, attractive economics and reduced pollutant emissions.
  Group Contribution methods for non-Newtonian fluids
  Dr C Avendano
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, University of Manchester.
  Hybrid dynamic modelling framework for bioprocess digitalisation and optimisation
  Dr D Zhang
Application Deadline: 30 August 2020

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The background of this research is to explore and integrate a range of mechanistic and machine learning based modelling strategies to develop a multilevel digital framework (digital twin) for industrial bioprocess dynamic simulation and prediction, online optimisation (online learning), and product quality control.
  Hydrogen and Ammonia production integrating high pressure chemical looping
  Dr V Spallina
Applications accepted all year round

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Advanced energy and chemical plants require new reactors and processes designed to combine high efficiency, attractive economics and reduced pollutant emissions.
  Integrated deep learning and model structure detection strategy for physical laws development and photobioreactor design
  Dr D Zhang
Application Deadline: 30 August 2020

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Designing industrial scale reaction systems and unit operations takes a sophisticate procedure and involves a range of multiscale modelling and experimentation steps.
  Multiscale dynamic visualisation framework for industrial mutants design and biological knowledge discovery
  Dr D Zhang
Application Deadline: 30 August 2020

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Current industrial bio-production processes exclusively uses yeast and bacteria as the microorganism hosts to synthesise valuable commercial compounds.
  Numerical modelling and design of geothermal heat recovery from subsurface systems
  Dr M Babaei
Applications accepted all year round

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In the geothermal energy technology, this is a common practice to drill a doublet (i.e. an injection and production well pair) system.
  Porous Media for a Green World
  Dr N Shokri
Applications accepted all year round

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Sustainable use of soil and water resources is crucial to preserve healthy terrestrial ecosystems and maintaining food security.
  Prediction of sustainability performance of ionic liquids using a group contribution framework
  Dr R Cuellar-Franca, Dr C Avendano, Prof C Hardacre
Applications accepted all year round

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The versatility and wide range of applications of ionic liquids (ILs) offer industry with endless possibilities for sustainable innovation.
  Self-learning Model Predictive Control using Industry 4.0 Principles
  Prof C Theodoropoulos
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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This project offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of Academia and Industry in order to develop.
  Solute transport and precipitation in porous media
  Dr N Shokri
Applications accepted all year round

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In this project, we will combine modelling and experimental approaches to extend our understanding of the processes controlling solute transport and precipitation in drying porous media.
  Systems modelling for concentrated crystallizing systems
  Dr T Vetter
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship to be conducted in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester.
  Two-dimensional layered materials as catalysts for fine chemical production
  Dr C D'Agostino
Applications accepted all year round

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Catalysts are substances that can speed up chemical reactions and/or increase reaction selectivity without consuming themselves. Relative to non-catalytic processes, catalysed reactions perform through more energy efficient routes, in which reactants are able to be used more efficiently.
  Understanding structure-property relationships in non-Newtonian fluids
  Prof C Hardacre
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship to be conducted in the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science in the University of Manchester and the UK’s neutron facility (ISIS) based in Oxfordshire.
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