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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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PhD Type

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.
  Novel Methods for the Photocatalytic Oxidative Degradation of Polymers
  Dr GJP Britovsek, Dr M Roessler
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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Project Supervisors. Prof. George Britovsek (Imperial College London), Dr. Maxie Roessler (Imperial CollegeLondon), Dr. Ali Salehi-Reyhani (Kings College London), Dr.
  A New Paradigm in “On Demand” Manufacture: Radiation Chemical Functionalisation During 3D Printing
  Dr A Baidak, Prof F Currell
Applications accepted all year round

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The automation of modern economy has an immense impact on our everyday life; the development and implementation of machine learning and artificial intelligence will bring about further socio-economic changes of great significance and scale.
  Size effects in pure and alloyed metals under dynamic loading
  Dr B. Gurrutxaga-Lerma
Applications accepted all year round

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The strength of metals and metallic alloys is usually thought to be independent of the system’s geometry and dimensions. However, at the micron scale this ceases to be true.
  FULLY FUNDED PHD: Arrival of the fittest: examining the underlying mechanisms of morphological plasticity in an adaptive radiation
  Dr K Parsons, Dr L Bussiere, Prof M Dalby
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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TO APPLY, CLICK ’VISIT WEBSITE’ BUTTON. Phenotypic plasticity currently drives contentious debate in evolutionary biology (1,2,3).
  Does phenotypic plasticity help or hinder rapid adaptation?
  Dr S J Plaistow, Prof J Hill, Dr V Oostra
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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PhD Type

Anthropogenic stress is altering our planet at an unprecedented rate and has major implications for global biodiversity, health and the economy.
  Modelling Creep-Fatigue Damage and Life Prediction for Gas Turbine Rotors
  Prof W Sun
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

The current market conditions are such that combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants are now considering double two-shift operation, so potentially accruing upwards of 600 starts per year.
  The management of marine plastics
  Prof Paul Lant, Prof B Laycock
Applications accepted all year round

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Plastics pollution in our oceans is a wicked problem.
  SCENARIO - Occurrence and fate of microplastics in freshwater systems
  Dr D Lapworth, Dr T Bond, Dr M Felipe-Sotelo, Dr D Read
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Microplastics pollution is a global problem and can enter freshwater systems from a variety of sources, including sewage effluent.
  Advanced Optical Fibre Fabrication and Applications
  Prof J Canning
Applications accepted all year round

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Advanced Optical Fibre Fabrication. Areas can include new Bi fibres (led by Prof. Peng at UNSW; Prof Canning is a Conjoint Professor) for amplifiers, lasers and sensors and novel structured fibres including photonic crystal fibres, Fresnel fibres, spun structured optical fibres and so on.
  Investigating the biomedical implication of microplastic accumulation on human epithelial barriers and associated effects on immune function, fibrosis and premature tissue ageing
  Research Group: Biomedical Research Group
  Dr P Dyer, Dr D Green, Prof S Cellek
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Biomedical Research Group. https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/biomedical.
  Self-healing polymer composites with graphene and carbon nanotubes
  Dr A Abdelkader
Application Deadline: 8 December 2019

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Plastic waste is a critical global environmental and health issue. A good means of tackling plastic waste is to reduce polymeric material failures.
  NERC GW4+ DTP studentship: Understanding the fate and potential impact of nano-plastics in freshwater organisms and ecosystems
  Prof I Durance, Prof P Borri
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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PhD Type

There is a growing realisation that the widespread use and degradation of plastics has created a legacy of plastic pollution. Mass balance studies have suggested that a large proportion of release plastics waste may now be present as micro- nano-scale particles.
  PhD Studentship in the influence of inelastic damage on the crack growth behaviour of 316H stainless steels
  Dr C Davies
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of fracture mechanics leading to the award of a PhD degree. Please check your suitability at the following web site.
  Microplastic-sediment interactions (MiPSi)
  Research Group: Earth Surface Science
  Dr K Spencer, Prof G Wharton
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

The accelerating global release of microplastics (mP) into the aquatic environment seems inevitable, with long-term consequences for water quality and biodiversity.
  (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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PhD Type

ImmTAC molecules are a promising new class of bispecific therapeutics produced by Immunocore for applications in oncology and as new treatments for infectious diseases.
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