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  Dynamic Modelling of Renewable Energy Powered Industrial Cluster

   Department of Chemical Engineering

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  Dr Alfred Hill, Prof Marcelle McManus  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project.

This advert may close early if a suitable candidate is identified. Early application is therefore encouraged.


Net-zero industrial clusters have an essential role to play in the fight against climate change. Locating these processes in clusters allows for synergies to be found and for common solutions such as green hydrogen supply and carbon capture to be implemented more readily. Industrial processes are often highly energy intensive and this accounts for a substantial share of their greenhouse gas emissions. Aligning of highly energy intensive industrial processes with zero and low carbon renewable energy sources is essential for their successful decarbonisation. The key challenge to overcome is the lack of best practice on how to align processes which like to operate in steady state with fluctuating renewable energy availability.

On this project you will develop dynamic models of these industrial technologies using specialist process modelling software. You will integrate models into wider clusters and explore and explore their integration with our datasets of transients in renewable wind and solar generation. Technologies are likely to include green hydrogen generation and integration into ammonia and methanol production leading to fertilizers, olefins and acetic acid production; carbon capture; and direct electrification. You will explore their dynamic operation and also their integration with existing proposed UK industrial clusters. You will study both their direct carbon emissions, their supply chain emissions and other significant life-cycle impacts including carbon efficiencies both spatially and temporally.

Your results are expected to give a clear direction in the strategy and technology choices for net zero industrial clusters, both in academic publications and informing government policy. Your work should also inform strategic decision around energy storage options and locational aspects. New best practice for the design of chemical processes for transient operation are much needed and it is hoped that your work will inform this area.

Candidate Requirements

We encourage applicants from any science or engineering background.

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are encouraged! Direct these to Dr Alfred Hill - [Email Address Removed] and Prof Marcelle McManus - [Email Address Removed]

Please make a formal application should via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemical Engineering

When completing the form, in the 'Funding your studies' section, please select 'Donor or Alumni Funded Studentship' from the first drop-down list and specify Hughes PhD Scholarship in the text box. In the 'Your PhD project' section, please state the project title and supervisor's name in the appropriate boxes.

Failure to complete these steps will delay the processing of your application and may cause you to miss the deadline.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse research environment and strive to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

The Disability Service ensures that individuals with disabilities are provided the support that they need. If you state if your application that you have a disability, the Disability Service will contact you as part of this process to discuss your needs.

Keywords: Climate change, carbon capture, green hydrogen, green ammonia, industrial clusters, renewable power, process modelling, life cycle modelling, dynamic modelling, net zero

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13)

Funding Notes

Applicants will be considered for a fully funded 4 year Hughes PhD studentship. This will cover the tuition fee at the Home or Overseas rate, a maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (£19,237 in 2024/25) and a training and research budget of £5000 per annum. More info here:

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