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Integration Of Microwave Induced Plasma (MIP) Gasification and Fuel Cell Technology To Enable Low-Carbon Energy Generation From Hazardous Waste

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Dr A Dexter , Prof H Hoster Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

PhD: funded for 33 months
Start date: October 2020
Entry requirements: 2:1 degree or above
Lancaster University - Engineering / Chemistry

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( at Lancaster University (

Funded PhD linked with Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd Ref. No. LU-010

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free until June 2023.
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”.
• This project is based at Lancaster University (, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West.
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd ( is an international energy and environment consultancy providing innovative multi-disciplinary solutions to a global market. It is developing a modular microwave induced plasma gasification technology (MIP) to enable the highly efficient conversion of biomass and wastes into energy. By combining our MIP gasification technology with a high temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), this project seeks to develop a process that is unique in both scale and efficiency, enabling sustainable waste management and low-carbon distributed energy generation in situ.

This research will focus on technical development, process modelling and optimisation of the MIP gasification plant to enable integration with an SOFC. Applicants should have an upper second or first class degree in chemical engineering, general engineering or similar.

This project will be supervised by Dr Amos Dexter, Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Professor Harry Hoster, Professor of Physical Chemistry with Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

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