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Life cycle Assessment of CHP exhaust carbon capture and utilisation

   Civil Engineering

   Friday, July 01, 2022  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for PhD studentship funded by EU project Resilex starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is Life cycle Assessment of CHP exhaust carbon capture and utilisation. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18.000 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). 

Background: An innovative project to reduce and reuse CO2 emissions from Combined Heat and Power engines has been named a winner of Ofwat’s second Water Breakthrough Challenge. The project will turn carbon into useful products like paint and fertiliser, saving five million tonnes of CO2 per year and making the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) process – where heat as a by-product of renewable energy generated is captured and used – carbon neutral. The water sector has a long history of renewable energy generation, significantly reducing reliance on grid-imported electricity, benefitting the environment, and keeping customer bills low. Please see the links for further information:

 ·      CECCU (CHP exhaust carbon capture and utilisation) - Ofwat Water Innovation Fund (challenges.org)

·      Severn Trent wins Ofwat’s Water Breakthrough Challenge | News Releases | News | Severn Trent Water (stwater.co.uk)


This PhD project is on the Life Cycle Assessment, Tecno-economic assessment and Circularity assessment of the technology to capture CO2 from CHP exhaust emissions at industrial scale. The student will quantify and demonstrate the benefits of capturing and putting to beneficial use the C02 that is currently unavoidably emitted to the atmosphere in CHP engine exhaust and in the process. For this, we will build upon recent developments in the assessment of CCU and industry-standards developed by the Global CO2 Initiative. In addition, the research will confirm further carbon savings associated with replacing intensively mined natural resources.

 Applications are invited from enthusiastic individuals with skills, knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the specialist areas listed below:

·      Environmental Engineering

·      Chemical Engineering

·      Process Engineering


·      At least a 2-year experience on Life Cycle Assessment

·      Process and environmental engineering

·      Water and wastewater treatment

The successful applicants will join the Environmental Engineering Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Please contact Prof. Evina Katsou () for an informal discussion about the studentships.


Applicants will have or expected to receive a first degree at 2:1 (65%) or above in areas such as: Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Process Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Environmental Sciences. An MSc degree is an advantage but not essential. Previous industrial experience and/or national or international scientific awards will also be advantageous.

How to Apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to by 16:00 on Friday, 1st of July 2022.  Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

·      Your up-to-date CV;

·      Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;

·      Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);

·      Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;

·      Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in July 2022.  

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