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Industrially funded Chemistry PhD Studentship in High Octane Fuels for Sustainable Mobility


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 Friday, September 30, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (UK Students Only)

About the Programme

High-Octane Fuels for Sustainable Mobility

An Industrial PhD studentship in collaboration with Shell on the development of high-octane fuels from sustainable resources is available under the supervision of Prof. George Britovsek (Department of Chemistry) & Prof. Klaus Hellgardt (Department of Chemical Engineering) at Imperial College London.

Aims of the Project

The aim of the project is to identify novel routes to manufacture high-octane fuel streams, ideally RON >102.  The feedstocks for the manufacture should be derivable from renewable sources, e.g. plants, hydrogen from renewable electricity, captured CO2.  The project will involve catalyst and process development towards a catalytic continuous flow process for the conversion of a sustainable carbon-based feedstock to a high-octane fuel stream. 


Applications are invited from candidates who have, or expect to have, at least an Upper Second Class degree (preferably a First Class degree) or an equivalent qualification, either in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.  Candidates with a chemistry degree are expected to have a basic understanding of reaction engineering.  Candidates with a chemical engineering degree are expected to have a basic understanding of catalysis and reaction mechanisms.

How to apply

Prospective students should send a CV and cover letter to Prof. George Britovsek (). Closing date: 30 September 2022.  Informal enquiries are welcome and encouraged.

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover tuition fees (UK home rate) and a stipend (plus London allowance) for 3.5 years and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will start in October 2022. Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements are welcome – please refer to the College website for eligibility requirements.

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