Gas adsorption is one of the key physical processes that underlie the numerous industrial uses of porous solids. These include separation processes (adsorption and membrane processes), catalytic reactions, energy storage, and gas recovery from unconventional plays. Using innovative pressure/temperature swing adsorption (P/TSA) processes for gas separation has the potential to provide a reduced fingerprint and energy consumption as compared to conventional thermal processes such as distillation or absorption.
One PhD scholarship is available, on a competitive basis, for mixed experimental and modelling-based research to develop novel P/TSA processes for the separation of complex gas mixtures that currently have a large energy penalty. In this project, experimental studies will be carried out to gather adsorption equilibrium and dynamic data by using both conventional techniques, as well novel X-ray imaging techniques. Detailed mechanistic models of the processes will be applied to interpret the experiments, inform on the desirable properties of the adsorbent materials, and identify optimal process schemes and conditions.
The research will be supervised by Dr Lisa Joss at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. The project is part of a larger research initiative within the BP-ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale research fellowship of Dr Joss, and it builds on her experience of adsorption separation process modelling and design, and on the novel adsorption imaging technique she has developed.
The successful candidate will learn the fundamentals of adsorption, gain experience in the experimental characterisation of gas adsorption systems with conventional and novel techniques, and gain experience in the design of optimal adsorption processes for gas separation. Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related subject. The application deadline is 26/04/2019. However, a decision may be made earlier should a suitable candidate be identified.