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Enhancing the physical footprint and energy conversion efficiency of the adsorption systems for hybrid water desalination and cooling

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a three-year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Sustainable Environment Research Group Research Group at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established group working on solar energy and water treatment.

We are looking for an ambitious student with a keen interest in heat and mass transfer intensification to undertake work on enhancing the physical footprint and the energy utilisation efficiency of the adsorption systems for hybrid water desalination and cooling. The project will focus on the innovative approaches of utilising conventional adsorbent materials and implementing state-of-the-art (i.e. graphene) materials to intensify the heat and mass transfer of the adsorbent bed (the heart of the system). Multiphysics numerical modelling will be intensively used as well as the supporting experimental work. Other ambitious ideas within the topic are highly welcomed.

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of multiphysics numerical modelling, 1D modelling, DOE and the basics of measurements and experimental analysis. There is a high potential that the successful candidate will work jointly with other international institutions such as Kyushu University Japan.

The advert link is https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=R190063

Funding Notes

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently, this is £12,290 per annum in 2018/19. As part of the application, you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

References

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Sustainable Environment Research Group Research Group, contact Dr Ahmed Rezk, Tel: 0044 (0)121 204 3601, or email: [email protected]

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