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EPSRC DTP PhD Project: Membranes in the Third Dimension – 3D Printing of Membranes with High Selectivity and Anti-fouling Properties


   Department of Chemical Engineering

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About the Project

The department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project, expected to commence as soon as possible and before September 2023 at the very latest.

Project:

Chemical separations are critical to many aspects of our daily lives, from the energy we use and the water we drink, to the medications we take. Separations consume 10-15% of the total energy used in the world, and high selectivity membranes could make these separations 10-times more energy efficient. In this project, you will be developing membranes with high selectivity and anti-fouling properties by using additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing, to fractionate components commonly found in pharmaceutical, bioprocessing and food processing applications. The project also aims to evaluate the energy and chemical requirements of 3D printing of membranes, and benchmark it against conventional fabrication techniques which typically generate unsustainable amount of chemical wastes and use excessive amount of toxic solvents.

This PhD studentship is provided by the University of Bath in support of a programme of research that links membrane researchers at six universities (Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London). The research is funded by a Programme Grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) entitled “Membrane Material Synthesis for High Selectivity” (SynHiSel). Our vision is to create the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency membrane processes.

Applicants are expected to hold, or be about to obtain, a first class MEng/MChem or MSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Chemistry. They should have excellent laboratory skills for experimentation and characterization, and understand aspects of materials science and engineering design relevant to the development of membrane testing protocols. The successful candidate will have exceptional team-working and communication skills, so as to interact effectively with other researchers at Bath and collaborating Universities.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Bath, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community. All appointments are made on merit.

Candidate Requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a first class in MEng/MChem or MSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Chemistry. They should have excellent laboratory skills for experimentation and characterization, and understand aspects of materials science and engineering design relevant to the development of membrane testing protocols. The successful candidate will have exceptional team-working and communication skills, so as to interact effectively with other researchers at Bath and collaborating Universities.

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

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Prof John Chew - [Email Address Removed]

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

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

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, you must qualify as a Home student. The eligibility criteria for Home fee status are detailed and too complex to be summarised here in full; however, as a general guide, the following applicants will normally qualify subject to meeting residency requirements: UK nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland), Irish nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland), those with Indefinite Leave to Remain and EU nationals with pre-settled or settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme). This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Additional information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage, on the GOV.UK website and on the UKCISA website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse research environment and aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and 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.

Keywords

Chemical Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Nanotechnology


Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project will be considered for a fully funded 3.5-year studentship, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC DTP). This full funding covers tuition fees at the Home rate, a maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (£17668 in 2022/23) , and research/training expenses (£1,000 per annum). Please see section on Funding Eligibility to ensure you qualify for Home fees.
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