About the Project
The aim of this PhD project is to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating the exothermic reaction of chemical looping combustion integrated with the endothermic reaction of paraffins (C2-C4) dehydrogenation using a combined catalytic and gas-solid process under relevant operating conditions. The main challenge with such chemical looping system is the requirement of excellent gas-solids contact in both reactors in order to achieve satisfactory fuel conversion, a suitable material which is able to transfer heat and oxygen through the reactions without losing in selectivity for the desirable process.. An absolute necessity for the scale-up of reactors for this technology is the availability of adequate oxygen carrier material. The proper integration is essential to achieve high efficiency with near-zero emissions.
Applicants are invited for a PhD Studentship under the supervision of Dr. Vincenzo Spallina in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science of the University of Manchester. The aim of this PhD project is to demonstrate the feasibility of gas-solid reactors for chemical process such as hydrogen and/or gas-to-liquids (e.g. methanol or ammonia), under relevant operating conditions. The project combines experimental testing, material characterisation and proof-of-concept of the technology. The candidate is expected to: i) testing the existing OC/catalyst; ii); select the proper reactor layout and, iii) develop a computational model to describe the reactor behaviour; iv) validate the technology in a proper lab facility.
Candidates with a good background in catalysis, separation technology, bio-based process design, as well as good understanding of the reactor engineering concepts are desirable.
These projects are ONLY for self-funded students. Candidates with a strong CV are encouraged and will be supported to submit an application for scholarship.
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