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Delivering a resilient approach to removal of Phosphorus from wastewater

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Pidou
    Prof Bruce Jefferson
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This exciting fully funded PhD, will research the most efficient commercially available processes to remove phosphorus from wastewater to the very low levels that are being increasingly expected. Students will benefit from being part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe), a world leading collaboration between three universities. The WIRe programme includes a bespoke training programme in technical and personal skills development, and provides opportunities for overseas travel and access to world leading experimental facilities.


The aim of this work is to develop a best practice approach for phosphorus coagulation. This is framed within the context of understanding how to best utilise and integrate the process within the existing infrastructure whilst delivering a robust and resilient solution.
The work will deliver:
(1) The fundamental basis for defining dose requirement using iron based coagulant for P removal.
(2) Establish the underpinning factors that impact floc growth and breakage in tertiary coagulation.
(3) Provide the first illustration of using real time particle size analysis to optimise treatment in water treatment.
(4) The world first in situ particle size survey in wastewater treatment.

As part of the WIRe centre, students will undertake a bespoke training programme within a cohort of up to 12 students and have access to world leading experimental facilities and observatories, and close collaboration with industry.

At the end of the project you will be well positioned to have a highly successful career in the water sector or in an academic role. We will help you develop into a dynamic, confident and highly competent researcher with wider transferable skills.
Entry requirements
First or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences, or water science. The ideal candidate should have some understanding of wastewater treatment, be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

For further information please contact:
Name: Dr Marc Pidou
Email: [Email Address Removed]
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 8318

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form using ref no SWEE0081

Funding Notes

Sponsored by EPSRC and a number of UK Water Companies, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £19,000 per annum (tax free) plus fees* for three years.



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