Imaging and in situ spectroscopy for heterogeneous catalysis

   Department of Chemical Engineering

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About the Project

Vacancy information

The department of Chemical Engineering is looking for a PhD candidate working in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. The studentship is for 3.5 years with UK student fee included. The PhD student will need to work on the catalytic evaluation of NH3 oxidation catalysts and the catalysts characterizations in particular at synchrotron light source. The main techniques that will be used are XRF/XANES imaging, operando XAFS/NEXAFS and DRIFTS. The student will also work towards optimizing catalyst behaviours and understanding of the N2O emission from this reaction.

Studentship description

We provide a fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship, including UK tuition fees. The student will work on imaging and in situ characterization of industrial NH3 to NO oxidations, including XRF imaging of fresh and used catalyst, in situ/operando characterizations of the catalysts under reaction conditions, and surface analysis.

Person specification

The candidate is expected to have worked with plug flow reactors. The candidate should be experienced spectroscopy and imaging techniques. The candidate is expected to understand the principle of MS and IR detector for exhaust gases.


Candidates should have an education background of chemistry or chemical engineering. Candidates should score high in inorganic chemistry. This will be evaluated during the interview.

Funds are only available to cover UK fees. EU and Overseas students will be considered but are only eligible for UK fees and will need to pay the difference between the home and overseas fees rate.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted through:

Please nominate Dr Ryan Wang as supervisor and include a statement of interest.

For informal enquiries, please contact: [Email Address Removed]

For further information on the MPhil/PhD course as well as the recruitment and selection process, please click on the link below:

Funding Notes

Duration of studentship: 3.5 years
Start date: November 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Stipend: £17,983 + home fees
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