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Enhanced bio-minerals production using catalysts to accelerate resource recovery in wastewater treatment plants PhD


Project Description

This PhD position offers an exciting opportunity to resolve key questions around nutrient resource recovery in waste streams in a project sponsored by EPSRC, Severn Trent and Microvi. The successful candidate will work at Cranfield University and also at Severn Trent sites developing and optimising innovative technologies for nutrient resource recovery in waste streams. The work is applied to wastewater streams and urine and involves data analysis, operation of pilot plants supplemented with laboratory investigation to resolve key scientific questions.

Nutrient resource recovery from wastewater and other waste streams is a challenge of the 21st century. Phosphorus is a finite resource being used at alarming rates for fertiliser production to secure agricultural productivity and food supply. Phosphorus has been named the ‘disappearing nutrient’. On the other side, municipal wastewater and urine contain significant amounts of nutrients that can be recovered and reused in a range of industries. Biological crystal formation of phosphorus compounds (e.g.: struvite; magnesium phosphate, etc.), has been demonstrated to be a by-product of the metabolism of specific bacteria that can be found frequently in the environment. The ability of selected bacteria to produce bio-minerals from wastewater has been recently demonstrated at Cranfield University.

The aim of the project is to advance the process for bio-mineral production from wastewater and urine.

A PhD at Cranfield allows successful candidates to demonstrate their ability to conduct research, whilst benefiting from the support of academic supervisors and industrial input from the project sponsors. Cranfield University is well known for its excellence delivering research for the water industry. Our students are a key part of this relationship, often finding careers within the industry after completing their studies at Cranfield.

The research developed in this project is expected to contribute to the develop an innovative process that can be commercialised and implemented to recover phosphorus as salt from liquid streams.

As such this PhD provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to gain experience on cutting edge applied research and its dissemination into the water industry providing ideal skills development for future careers within both academia and industry

This PhD offers an exciting opportunity to resolve the key questions around the nutrient recovery processes and help establish a robust business case for its implementation. The successful candidate will gain experience on cutting edge applied research and its dissemination into the water industry providing ideal skills development for future careers within both academia and industry.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:
• A first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related subject such as engineering, biology, environmental science or chemistry.
• Appropriate knowledge of written and oral English.
• An understanding of wastewater treatment technologies and processes is desirable.
• A driving licence

How to apply

For further information please contact: Ana Soares, T: (0) 1234 750111
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form
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Funding Notes

Sponsored by EPSRC, Severn Trent and Microvi. This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees* for three years.

*To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national.

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