About the Project
The development of microkinetic models can greatly facilitate and accelerate catalyst design efforts via reaction mechanism elucidation and catalyst performance assessment. The current project will further build upon a previously developed, thermodynamically consistent, microkinetic model for this reaction . The model considers a comprehensive set of surface pathways and has already been successfully applied to elucidate reactants activation and conversion surface pathways over Ni and Rh catalysts.
Further extensions planned to be addressed within the framework of the current project relate to explicitly accounting for support effects on steam activation, accounting for kinetic isotope effects observed during temperature programmed experiments where deuterated methane (CD4) was fed instead of CH4, and validating the model over simulated biogas steam reforming experiments. Ultimately, application of the model for the optimal design of a low temperature membrane steam reformer under realistic conditions is targeted.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.
Chemical reactor modelling
Chemical reaction kinetics
Programming in FORTRAN or similar
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr P Kechagiopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School (email@example.com)
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