Intelligent catalysts for biodiesel production
Heterogeneous catalysis for the production of biodiesel can benefit from nanotechnology since milder operating conditions can be applied compared to bulk catalysts. In nanoscience, molecules act as devices and nanocatalysts as molecular switches. The use of nanomaterials in catalysis reduces the amount of material used, with resulting economic and environmental benefits. Innovative manufacturing technologies could lead to exemplary products in catalysis by changing current production methods.
In this work, nanosized, heterogeneous catalysts will be developed for the production of biodiesel. These catalysts will a) desirably have high, collective surface area, reduced agglomeration, a structure with high mechanical and chemical stability, b) be tested in a model transesterification reaction while monitoring that leaching of catalyst to the reaction medium is avoided.
Applications are invited from graduates in chemical engineering, chemistry or a closely related subject holding at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) degree. Applicants should meet the University’s requirements for English language proficiency.