Feasibility study of mineral mining from subsurface reservoirs for renewable energy storage

   School of Engineering

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  Dr R Rafati, Dr A Sharifi  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Critical minerals such as alkali metals play an important role in batteries and fuel cells. Their demand is expected to increase as more of the world turns to electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems. However, current supply of such minerals is not sufficient to meet energy transition targets over the next decade. In this research, the PhD student will study the potential of using ion exchange technique to extract these valuable minerals from oil and gas fields. The student will formulate fluid samples that can potentially be used as a greener solution in energy industry, and will study the chemistry, thermodynamic and phase behaviour of them at various pressure and temperatures. This will be followed by evaluating fluid flow performance in conduits and porous media and investigation of the rock-fluid interactions and possible mechanisms to increase lifespan of oil and gas fields. The experiments will be carried out using equipment and test facilities available in the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen.

Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. The successful candidate should have, or expect to obtain, a UK Honours Degree at 2.1 or above in Engineering or Geoscience or Chemistry.

Sufficient research background and previous experience


Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor

• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding

• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)

• Detailed CV, Personal Statement/Motivation Letter and Intended source of funding

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Geology (18)

Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php

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