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University of Leeds, Faculty of Environment PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  A crystal engineering approach for novel Pickering formulations with controlled release properties
  Dr E Simone, Prof B Murray
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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This PhD project aims at developing novel sustainable, biocompatible multiphase formulations (e.g., emulsions, foams) for the controlled release of active ingredients, applying a unique crystal engineering approach.
  Adapting Road Infrastructure for Autonomous Vehicles
  Dr Y Huang, Prof O Carsten, Dr J Wang
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Autonomous vehicles are emerging as a solution to human driver limitations, such as imprecise control of speed and road position.
  Combining machine learning and decision science to model transport and energy choices using emerging data sources
  Dr C Choudhury, Prof S Hess
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Machine learning and choice modelling techniques have been developed in parallel as tools for modelling human decisions.
  Effect of sediment and groundwater flow heterogeneity on accurately modelling radionuclide transport at UK nuclear sites
  Dr I Burke
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority oversees the removal of buildings and radioactive wastes present at UK nuclear sites.
  Exploring the Biophysical Constraints and the Socio-Economic Implications of a Global Transition to Renewable Energy Systems
  Dr P Brockway, Prof P Taylor, Dr L Brand Correa
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Concerns have been raised that declining energy return on energy investment (EROI) from fossil fuels, and low levels of EROI for alternative energy sources, could constrain the ability of national economies to continue to deliver economic growth and improvements in social wellbeing while undertaking a low-carbon transition.
  Ice and Light: Improving our ability to measure the environment with computational electromagnetic modellingSupervisor
  Dr R Neely, Dr PD Rosenberg
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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A fundamental understanding of how ice crystals scatter light is critical for understanding the natural world. As this understanding is based on computational electromagnetic modelling, it is rooted in physical and mathematical sciences.
  Incorporation of contaminant metals into waste derived nanoparticles
  Dr I Burke, Dr A P Brown
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Introduction and rationale. The production and refinement of metals ores produces a multitude of heterogeneous wastes (e.g. during steel manufacturing, aluminium extraction and chromium ore processing).
  Iron Snow in Planetary Cores
  Dr C Davies, Dr A Walker
Applications accepted all year round

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Planetary magnetic fields exhibit remarkable variability in both strength and structure. These fields are generated in metallic cores and thus provide a unique probe into the dynamics and evolution of planetary interiors.
  Landslide nowcasting using advanced data analytics
  Dr A Abellan, Dr B Murphy, Prof T Wright
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The fast proliferation of new satellite, aerial and terrestrial remote sensing techniques has provided new technological and scientific opportunities to investigate geohazards during the last decade.
  Machine learning to detect earthquakes in energy extraction and storage
  Dr A Nowacki, Dr S de Ridder
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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In this project, you will study microearthquakes caused by energy production with machine learning to understand why and how they occur.
  Managing complexity and uncertainty in the transition to net-zero energy systems
  Dr C Bale, Dr K Roelich
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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In June 2019, the UK committed to a legally-binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This provides a hugely challenging, yet necessary goal to radically and rapidly decarbonise the UK’s energy systems.
  Modelling behaviours for future policy analysis: Integrating choice modelling and microsimulation
  Dr N Lomax, Prof S Hess, Dr D Birks
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Introduction. Creating simulations of future outcomes on the basis of model assumptions is essential for resource planning and policy formation across a wide range of disciplines.
  Modelling middle actors in the building energy retrofit system
  Prof A Heppenstall, Dr A Owen
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Background. Transforming the UK’s existing buildings to a zero carbon building stock by 2050, in order to meet statutory targets, remains an enormous challenge and a major business opportunity.
  On solid ground? Predicting high-speed railway track settlement using geophysical analysis.
  Dr S de Ridder, Dr A Booth, Dr P Livermore
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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High-speed trains induce a small level of permanent settlement within their supporting railway track and ground during passage. The settlement grows over time, but the degree of settlement varies along the track depending upon geographical changes in ground conditions.
  Restoration of degraded tropical forests in Vietnam
  Dr D Spracklen, Prof O Phillips
Application Deadline: 10 February 2020

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Extensive restoration of degraded forests is crucial if we are to avoid dangerous climate change and avert major loss of biodiversity.
  Targeted agrochemical delivery using smart nanoparticles for sustainable agriculture
  Dr A Tyler, Prof K. Field
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Huge amounts of agrochemicals, such as fertilisers and biostimulants, are applied to arable farmland each year to boost crop performance.
  The dynamics of jets in rapidly rotating fluids by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation
  Dr P Livermore, Prof R Hollerbach
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The movement of electrically conducting liquid inside the core of Earth and other planets is responsible for generating their planetary magnetic fields, yet we know very little about their dynamics, as creating realistic simulations is extremely challenging.
  The environmental impacts of Agri-Environmental Schemes
  Dr G Ziv, Prof P Chapman
Applications accepted all year round

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Nearly 50% of European Union (EU) land is used for agriculture. These landscapes have been shaped by centuries of large-scale human impacts through traditional land-use systems (i.e.
  Using distributed immersive simulation to explore social interactions between drivers
  Prof R Romano, Prof D P Watling
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Transport system designers need to understand and predict the impact of new infrastructure design. This can include automated vehicles in ‘mixed traffic’ situations, in which both automated and non-automated vehicles are on the road.
  Using microfluidic technology to measure and identify atmospheric ice nucleating particles
  Prof B Murray, Dr J Shim, Dr D McCluskey
Application Deadline: 3 February 2020

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Summary. Our lack of knowledge of how clouds will respond to a changing climate represent one of the largest sources of uncertainty in our projections of future climate (Tan et al., 2016).
  Which one should we choose? Developing statistical models to explain and forecast joint decision making
  Dr C Calastri, Prof S Hess, Dr R P Mann
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Mathematical models are used to interpret and forecast human behaviour in many disciplines, ranging from patient safety to energy, transport and marketing.
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