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A 3-year PhD studentship in Hierarchically Structured Porous Zeolitic Solids

Project Description

This position is fully funded by the UCL-A*STAR Collaborative Programme via the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (M3S CDT) at UCL. The student will be registered for a PhD at UCL where he/she will spend year 1 and the first six months of year 4. The second and third years of the PhD will be spent at the A*STAR Institute of Catalysis and Engineering Science (ICES) in Singapore. The Studentship will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend about £17000 (tax free) pro rata in years 1 and 4. During years 2 and 3, the student will receive a full stipend directly from A*STAR. In addition, A*STAR will provide the student with one-off relocation allowance.

Catalysis is a backbone contemporary science. Among many catalytic systems, zeolite based materials, in particular aluminosilicate systems are widely used for a range of catalytic reactions. It has been found that good to strong acidity and large pore size of zeolites can enhance the reactivity. In order enhance the effectiveness of the porous materials for better conversion, it is necessary to tailor larger pore size. To this end, hierarchically structured zeolitic porous materials can provide better solution. Therefore, the aim of the proposal is to create micro and mesoporous containing hierarchically structured zeolites with good to strong acid characteristics. Characterize them precisely using small Angle X-ray Scattering, XRD, SEM/TEM, FTIR and BET nitrogen adsorption isotherm. Perform catalytic pyrolysis of different types of plastic materials, specifically low and high density polymers using the hierarchically structured zeolitic materials. The study examine both large, medium and small pore zeolitic materials to determine the hydrocarbon liquid yield as well as the nature of hydrocarbon gaseous products that may be obtained from these solids.

Please contact Prof Sankar () for further details or to express an interest.
Applications will be accepted until 20 July 2020 but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours or equivalent for undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Materials Chemistry. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong interest and self-motivation in the subject, good experimental practice and the ability to think analytically and creatively. Good computer skills, plus good presentation and writing skills in English, are required. Previous research experience in zeolite synthesis and characerisation contributing to a interdisciplinary research is highly desirable but not necessary as training will be provided. Due to funding restrictions, only UK/EU citizens are eligible for this studentship.

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