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  Plastic in rivers: transport, behaviour and fate (CENTA2-SGGE16-GABB)
  Prof S E Gabbott, Dr C Russell, Prof S Rice
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Rivers feed the world’s oceans with freshwater, sediment and more recently with large quantities of plastic. Estimates of the amount of plastic entering the environment via fluvial systems are challenging to constrain and range from 4.8-12.7 million tonnes in 2010 (Jambeck et al., 2015).
  Transforming plastic waste into devices for water treatment
  Dr S Lau
Application Deadline: 19 April 2020

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A PhD project is available to transform plastic waste into devices for water purification. The successful applicant will work closely together with a collaborative network of researchers designing next-generation filters to remove organic, inorganic and metallic toxicants and pollutants from various waste water streams.
  Using psychology to tackle the problem of waste plastic
  Dr T Webb, Dr C Wood
Applications accepted all year round

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Waste plastic can have a devastating effect on the environment, threatening the biodiversity of our oceans and introducing micro-plastics into the food chain.
  Understanding the behaviour, fate and environmental risk of microplastics in the plant-soil system
  Dr L Cardenas, Prof D Jones
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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Nature of the problem. Contamination of the terrestrial, freshwater and marine biosphere by microplastics is now widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest pollution threats.
  3D Print and Additive Manufacturing of Wax and Plastic Injection Moulds.
  Dr E Sabet
Applications accepted all year round

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This project offers a chance to work on a truly disruptive and innovative research project in the high-tech and high-value manufacturing, with very high potential impact in aerospace and energy sectors.
  (BBSRC DTP) Development of whole cell biocatalysts for biomass and plastic degradation
  Dr N Dixon, Prof N Scrutton, Dr A Green
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Two major societal challenges exist today i) how can we consumable more sustainably and ii) how can we minimise environmental contamination.
  Bioplastic from sustainable feedstock – tackling the plastic challenge
  Dr K Tee
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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Plastic is used in many applications, including packaging, construction material, parts in the automotive, biomedical devices and electronic components.
  Developing ecological solutions to plastic pollution (COLEUPML20ARIES)
  Dr M Cole, Dr T Tolhurst
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Microplastic debris is a prolific environmental contaminant, impacting on marine ecosystems across the globe.
  NERC GW4+ DTP CASE studentship: Recycling and degradation scope of anhydride-epoxide co-polymers
  Dr B Ward, Dr A Paul
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Background. The demand for plastics is vast, with 348 million tonnes being produced in 2017 alone,1 and the trend for plastic production is increasing exponentially year-on-year.
  PhD Studentship in Rapid Ionic-liquid Screening for Enhanced Recycling Screening (RISERS)
  Dr A Brandt-Talbot, Prof P Fennell
Applications accepted all year round

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We are inviting applications of motivated candidates for a PhD studentship in the exciting global challenge of ‘Advanced plastic recycling’.
  Modelling and Simulation of Pyrolysis and Gasification of Biomass and Waste Plastic
  Prof M Wang
Applications accepted all year round

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Biomass is generally viewed as a CO2 neutral energy source. Biomass pyrolysis and gasification can produce syngas. The process conditions of pyrolysis can alter the proportions of gas, solid and liquid products.
  Biodegradable plastic composites from renewable or waste sources
  Dr K Johnston, Dr L Lue
Applications accepted all year round

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To reduce the amount of plastic waste in the marine environment, there is a strong incentive to switch to biodegradable polymers, which are ideally synthesised from renewable or waste streams, rather than from oil.
  GW4 FRESH CDT studentship: Cascading effects of micro- and nano-plastics on lipid quality and transfer through freshwater planktonic ecosystems
  Dr IA Guschina, Prof S Ormerod
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Despite growing global concern about the occurrence of small plastic particles (nano- and micro-plastics) in the world’s seas, rivers and lakes, there has been limited research into understanding any adverse effects on living organisms.
  Redefining Single Use Plastics: Life Cycle Analysis
  Dr RH Rothman, Prof P Styring
Applications accepted all year round

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There is currently > 7.3 billion tons of plastic in the Earth System, rising to 40 Bt by 2050. ~10 Mt of plastics reach the oceans every year; 12 Bt are projected to be in landfill by 2050.
  Polymer Processing in a Circular Plastic Economy
  Research Group: Polymers and Composites
  Prof M Shaver
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The Green Materials Laboratory within the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester and housed in the Henry Royce Institute has a PhD position open now to an enthusiastic and collaborative chemist to develop the next generation of sustainable polymers.
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