Joint PhD with University of Manchester: Nanostructured membranes for selective toxic gas separation
The global chemical industry is facing a crisis in dealing with polluting emissions and the resulting environmental impact. This PhD programme is focused on solving these problems through technology development. The programme will create novel membrane technology that is specifically designed to actively sieve out toxic gases from industrial emissions. This technology also has a lower energy duty compared to competitive approaches, arising from the straightforward approach of using a barrier material in which some chemical gases pass through unrestricted due to their favourable affinity with the membrane. The membrane technology will be based on polymers of intrinsic microporosity, a new class of polymers that have high free volume characteristics that provide them with unique opportunities to sieve gases selectively. This programme will be focused on the preparation and characterisation of novel polymers and polymer nanocomposites, specifically tailoring the functionality for toxic gases; then fabricating these materials into membranes and testing the resulting technology under industrial conditions. The outcome will be implementation of membrane technology in chemical industries to reduce their pollution problem. This PhD programme will be ideally suited to a chemistry/chemical engineering student who is interested in polymer synthesis and separation technologies, and will ideally place the PhD candidate for industrial employment at the completion of their PhD.
Candidates must meet the entry requirements of both Universities to be accepted. They will spend at least a year at each institution over the course of their candidature and be eligible to graduate with a jointly awarded PhD recognised with a testamur from each University.
Minimum entry requirements for a PhD at Melbourne are summarised here: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/graduate-research/international-applications/entry-requirements
All participants have access to UoM living allowance support. Scholarships are awarded for 3 years, with the possibility of 6 months extension. All participants receive a UoM tuition fee waiver for up to 4 years.