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Mechanism of CO2 transport in membranes for carbon capture applications


School of Engineering

About the Project

Applications are invited for postgraduate research leading to a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.

Carbon capture has shown great potential for tackling global climate change challenges but its deployment is hindered by the cost of the technology. Among promising technical solutions, membranes could play a leading role in achieving climate targets but further research is needed.

In particular novel materials are continuously developed to improve performance and therefore lower the cost of the separation process. A key step in this effort to develop advances membranes is the understanding of the underlying mechanism of interaction of CO2 and other gaseous species with the materials. This would allow the design of tailored membranes that can exploit this mechanism in the different conditions.

The project will be carried out at the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) and will include modelling activities supported by experimentss. The student will attain skills in modelling, fabrication and characterisation, using techniques such as; Scanning electron microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, operando spectroscopy, permeation measurement etc.

To Apply: https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/research/phd/mechanism-co2-transport-membranes-carbon-capture-applications

Funding Notes

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with an honours degree at 2:1 or above in any of these areas, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or a related discipline.

Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere.

Tuition fees + stipend are available for Home/EU students (International students not eligible)

References

Dr Ferrari – Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=GkSJsdoAAAAJ
Dr Ferrari – School website: https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/about/people/dr-maria-chiara-ferrari

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