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Integrated waste to energy tehnologies for multiple biofuel recovery

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: ABCE19/SA
Start date of studentship: January 2020
Closing date of advert: 29 September 2019
Interview date: early October 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr O. Afolabi
Secondary supervisor: Prof. M. Sohail

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.

A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Full Project Detail

The integration of waste to energy technologies is emerging and promises to address the shortcomings of standalone biological (e.g. anaerobic digestion, AD) and thermochemical (e.g. hydrothermal carbonisation, HTC) technologies. The key research challenge is how to combine both AD and HTC technologies to close-loop organic rich by-products from processing biowaste to increase net bioenergy recovery.

This PhD studentship will undertake fundamental research to tackle this challenge by developing process simulations, and workable designs for integrating, demonstrating and potentially trialling an integrated AD-HTC system. The position requires a competent person interested in learning about waste conversion processes, process optimizations using experimental designs and biofuel characterisations. The successful applicant will be part of a team working on waste to energy research in the School.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a good honours degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) in water engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering or related disciplines. A relevant master’s degree will be an advantage. Applicants having experience in international development, experimentation, quantitative data analysis skills and/or chemical process simulations/modelling skills are particularly welcomed.

Contact details

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr O. Afolabi
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228 799

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222 611

How to apply

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering.

Please quote reference number: ABCE19/SA

Funding Notes

The three-year studentship is intended to start by January 2020. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 a year (2019/20 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International students are strongly encouraged to apply; however, funding will only cover full tuition fees at the international rate and the student will be responsible for their own living costs.

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