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Development of an advanced biofuel platform through the catalytic thermochemical processing of marine bioresources

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

You will work closely with our partners at Plymouth Marine Lab and the US Dept. of Energy to develop suitable hydrocarbon fuels from an array of promising 3rd generation marine bioresources. To do this effectively we will build a biorefinery that uses catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction to produce a fertiliser, biochar and a bio-crude oil which we will then hydrogenate and fractionate into diesel, gasoline and jet fractions. We will assess the full fuel properties to determine the most suitable configuration of the biorefinery and, on development, use existing technoeconomic models to estimate the potential costs of fuels through this route.

Informal enquiries about the project should be directed to Dr Chris Chuck ().

Information about the application process can be found at go.bath.ac.uk/iaaps-cdt and any queries should be sent to

This project is offered within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (CDT-AAPS). The centre aims to create a diverse and stimulating environment where you can deepen your knowledge in your discipline through your PhD whilst giving breath to your skills through collaborations.

Prospective students will be applying for the integrated PhD programme run by CDT-AAPS which includes a one-year MRes (full time) followed by a PhD programme. The MRes course will be conducted as a cohort with a focus on technology, team-working and research skills. On successful completion of the MRes, you will progress to a PhD programme which can be conducted on a full-time or part-time basis.

CDT-AAPS is determined to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members. The whole CDT community will come together at specific events during the calendar year, most notably the induction events, workshops and guest lectures. All new students joining the CDT will be assigned both an academic personal tutor and a student mentor. Each student will be assigned a minimum of 2 academic supervisors at the point of starting their PhD.

Three application deadlines whilst funding lasts: 31st March, 31st May and 31st July

See our website to apply or for more details (go.bath.ac.uk/iaaps-cdt).

Funding Notes

AAPS CDT studentships are available on a competition basis for UK and EU students for up to 4 years. Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees as well as providing maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum for 2019/20) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum.

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