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  EPSRC CDT in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership: Complex Biological Products Manufacture

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Biological products and their manufacture are progressing to unparalleled levels of complexity. Examples include engineered biocatalysts, antibody-drug conjugates, multivalent vaccines and cellular therapies.
  EPSRC PhD studentship in: Managing biofilms and disinfection residuals to protecting drinking water safety
  Prof J Boxall, Dr K Fish, Prof V Speight
Application Deadline: 17 April 2020

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A partnership between The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Water Centre and Scottish Water, as part of the Water Infrastructure and Resilience EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.
  CO2 catalytic conversion into fuels and fuel-precursors using biomass-derived H-donors - LEVERHULME
  Dr I Graca, Dr C Fernandez-Martin
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This experimental project will deal with the global challenge of mitigating CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, by using CO2 as a raw-material to produce fuels and fuel-precursors.
  Conversion of waste plastics to fuel and energy - LEVERHULME
  Dr W Afzal, Dr I Graca
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The remarkable properties of plastics make them the most commonly used modern materials since early twentieth century. Every year several hundreds of millions of tons of plastics are produced globally.
  Efficient upgrading of biogas via plasma catalysis - LEVERHULME
  Dr P Kechagiopoulos, Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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In recent years, plasma-catalysis has emerged as a promising technology to improve the performance of existing catalytic processes.
  Heat pump assisted distillation for the energy efficient separation of the liquid phase products from anaerobic digestion - LEVERHULME
  Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman, Dr A Majumder
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project is part of a wider research programme into biological routes for the synthesis of chemical products. A key element of this approach is the separation of the chemical products from the aqueous broths produced by the bioreactors/anaerobic digestors, which is commonly achieved via distillation.
  Low temperature steam reforming of methane for hydrogen production - LEVERHULME
  Dr P Kechagiopoulos
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Hydrogen, a primary raw material of the chemical industry, presents significant potential as an energy carrier that can drive the implementation of highly efficient energy systems at a reduced environmental impact.
  Mathematical simulation and optimisation of anaerobic digestion processes for the production of methane, hydrogen and chemicals - LEVERHULME
  Dr D Dionisi, Dr P Kechagiopoulos
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Anaerobic digestion has a large potential for the production of renewable energy and renewable chemicals, however this potential is currently largely unexploited.
  Optimisation of anaerobic digestion to produce chemicals and methane - LEVERHULME
  Dr D Dionisi, Dr C Fernandez-Martin
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Anaerobic digestion has a large potential for the production of renewable energy and renewable chemicals, however this potential is currently largely unexploited.
  Sustainable conversion of biomass-based wastes into porous bio-carbons and their application in CO2 capture - LEVERHULME
  Dr C Fernandez-Martin, Dr D Dionisi, Dr I Graca
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The current most difficult challenge of biomass-based wastes is the lack of a volume-balancing set of applications and valorisation techniques which can decrease the large volumes that are sent to the landfill.
  Synergetic effect of surface-active metallic additions on structure modification in aluminium alloys
  Prof D Eskin
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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Applications are invited for a full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project “Synergetic effect of surface-active metallic additions on structure modification in aluminium alloys” at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London starting from the 1st October 2020.
  Classical Force Fields to Model Solid-State Molecular Organometallic Chemistry
  Prof S A Macgregor
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project is in computational chemistry and will involve the development of new molecular mechanics force fields to model solid-state molecular organometallic chemistry (SMOM-Chem).
  Computational Photochemical Dynamics of Light Driven Processes
  Dr M Paterson
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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You will use computational and theoretical chemistry approaches to study excited state dynamics. Important photochemistry such as occurring in photodynamic anti-cancer therapies, and photovoltaic devices will be studied.
  Design of multifunctional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)-based materials for carbon capture and photocatalytic conversion (EPS2020/51)
  Dr S Garcia
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project aims to design novel multifunctional materials that can capture carbon and convert it to a valuable chemical or fuel.
  Development of catalytic membrane microreactors for biorefining (EPS2020/33)
  Dr A Sanna
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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In this project, we aim to produce high value chemical intermediates from biomass by catalytic transformations using catalytic composite membrane microreactors for process intensification.
  Flow in porous media (EPS2020/48)
  Prof M Maroto-Valer
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Reactive flow in porous media (experimental studies and/or numerical simulations) of manufactures porous replicas.
  FLuoroAromatic-Thiol Tags (FLA-SH Tags) as probes to understand protein folding, interactions and dynamics
  Dr C Coxon
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project will explore the design, synthesis and optimisation of a new class of biocompatible cysteine-selective fluorinated probes to study protein conformation, dynamics, interactions, (mis-/un) folding and aggregation in real-time at the single molecule level using 19F NMR.
  Magnetic molecular imprinted polymers (MMIP) for detecting biohazard pollutants (EPS2020/35)
  Dr HHP Yiu
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project is aimed to develop MMIP for binding and detecting harmful biomolecules in the environment. Biohazard pollutants are health concerns but they are usually at a very low concentration that many conventional monitoring techniques are inefficient.
  Mechanisms and applications of collisions at liquid surfaces
  Prof K G McKendrick
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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You will study the dynamics of scattering at the gas-liquid interface. You will improve fundamental understanding of mechanisms of collisions at atmospherically relevant surfaces and explore the exploitation of this insight through new methods to probe the surfaces of technologically interesting materials.
  Metastable inorganic materials for energy applications
  Dr J W Bos
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project will use low-temperature solvothermal routes to discover new metastable inorganic materials using a phase diagram approach and explore potential applications in energy devices, for example in thermoelectric waste heat recovery.
  Model development and simulation of novel processes for CO2 direct air capture from the atmosphere (EPS2020/32)
  Assoc Prof M.W. van der Spek
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Mathematical/numerical modelling of cyclic adsorption-desorption processes for direct air capture of CO2. Process design and simulation.
  Modelling growth, deposition and breakage of dynamic particle structures (EPS2020/52)
  Dr V Francia
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Investigation of the structure of cohesive powders under various flow regimes. Combining AI driven tools with state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and discrete element methods (DEM), we will look into how dynamic particle structures form in complex systems.
  Polymer-based co-delivery agent for antibiotics (EPS2020/36)
  Dr HHP Yiu
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project is aimed to develop biodegradable polymer materials for the co-delivery of antibiotics. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has been a major concern to the WHO in recent years and many antibiotics had become less and less effective in treating infections.
  Process-informed design of materials for carbon capture (EPS2020/50)
  Dr S Garcia
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project aims to integrate the design of novel materials with process design for energy-efficient carbon capture processes. Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) is a key technology for achieving the global emissions reduction targets because of its role in power and industrial decarbonization.
  Smart Local Energy Systems (EPS2020/47)
  Prof M Maroto-Valer
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project focuses on system level scale-up of smart local energy systems. Smart local energy systems (SLES) are deployed effectively at local scales to improve efficiency and to deal with variability and differences of supply and demand.
  Stereodynamics of Molecular Collisions
  Prof M L Costen
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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You will study the dynamics of inelastic energy transfer and reactive scattering relevant to atmospheric chemistry, combustion or astrochemistry using state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical methods, to determine the underlying mechanisms and improve our understanding of chemical interactions in these important environments.
  Understanding Elastomer Behaviour in the Development of Performance Tires
  Prof D G Bucknall
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project will explore the use of elastomer-polymer blends to develop improved performance in car and truck tire performance. The project is a collaboration between HWU and Continental Tires (Germany).
  Velocity Map Imaging Study of Atmospherically Relevant Gas Liquid Reactions
  Dr SJ Greaves
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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You will use state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical methods to study the dynamics of atmospherically relevant reactions that occur at the gas-liquid interface.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt) - 13 Studentship Projects Available

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Applications are invited for 13 4-year MRes/Ph.D. EPSRC CDT rEaCt studentship projects – Cohort 2 (Intake October 2020). At least 13 studentships available - click here to view project summaries.
  PhD studentship in Chemical Looping Technologies for a Low-Carbon Energy Future
  Prof I Metcalfe, Dr W Hu
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. October 2020 for 3 years. Overview. In the near future our society will require a range of more efficient and scaleable chemical conversion technologies pivotal to the functioning of a low-carbon fuel economy including, but not limited to, low-carbon hydrogen production.
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