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Liquid-phase adsorption studies of the catalysis foundations

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, July 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Catalysis underpins most of the chemical industry and creates shortcuts in the reaction pathways by forming energetically-favourable reaction intermediates. The initial step of any process - adsorption, however, is scarcely studied in liquid-phase because of its difficulty. Yet, the most valuable compounds are obtained in the liquid phase and the results of gas-phase studies cannot be generally applied. At Warwick, we developed a novel automated routine to study liquid-phase adsorption phenomena that often determine and describe the selectivity of a reaction.
The project aims to study the effect of adsorption onto the catalyst activity and selectivity in several model reactions such as semi-hydrogenation over platinum-group catalysts.
This multidisciplinary project focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and understanding of the reaction mechanisms. You will collaborate with computational chemistry groups at the University of Lincoln, University College London, and Catalysis Hub as well as industrial end-users to gain valuable mechanistic insights relevant to the industry. It is an opportunity, if desired, to acquire industrial experience and establish strong links with industrial leaders.
The PhD at the School of Engineering, Warwick University, offers an effective mix of academic and practical application. Warwick’s School of Engineering, ranked 3rd by the REF 2014, has expertly designed this programme with quality research-led teaching at its forefront. Gain valuable research skills and knowledge with specialist guidance at the University of Warwick. The university is ranked 9th in the UK, 62nd in the world
How to Apply: Email a full CV, academic transcripts, and cover letter, explaining your interest in pursuing a PhD in this area to: with ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line.
Start date: October 2020, early start is possible.

Funding Notes

There is a funded PhD student position for a UK/EU applicant. International students may apply but must meet the difference in cost. Please email to for enquiries and applications.
Eligibility: Candidates must have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree. You should have a strong record in chemistry or chemical engineering.
Funding: A single project could be funded by the School of Engineering only for a UK/ EU applicant.

How good is research at University of Warwick in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 94.75

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