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Membrane based technology to intensify the sustainable production of chemicals

   Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

About the Project

Project Description

In the context of net-zero and the current scenario of depleting fossil resources, glycerol from biodiesel is a widely generated by-product. The valorisation of this chemical represents an outstanding opportunity to develop value-added chemicals, such as acetals, ethers and esters, which also find applications as biofuels. The reactions to obtain these products are challenging and alternative approaches based on process intensification must be conducted to increase the productivity of the process. This includes the use of hybrid operations like reactive pervaporation for which membrane-based technologies represent excellent prospects.

The successful candidate will receive training and will gain knowledge in the fields of material synthesis and characterization (2D materials, graphene oxide, and reduced graphene oxide), membrane synthesis, characterization and application for the intensification of a biomass conversion process. She/he will have the opportunity to emerge as a well-rounded scientist, capable to work across disciplines. She/he will have also the opportunity and will get the support to develop valuable soft skills as problem-solving, time management, creative way of thinking, communication (e.g. presentation skills and technical report writing) which will contribute to further career progression.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is a world leader in industrially relevant research and teaching in chemical engineering and related subjects. We undertake cutting-edge, multidisciplinary and creative research on a wide range of topics and we provide a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have obtained or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK honors degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in a in MEng/MChem or MSc Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.

Application Information

Information about the application process and a link to the online application form can be found at https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/admissions/how-to-apply/.

You MUST make contact with the lead project supervisor before submitting an application.

When completing the application include the name of the lead project supervisor as the potential supervisor.

Enquiries about this project can be sent to Dr Maria Perez-Page - as the lead project supervisor. The Admissions team in Chemical Engineering can be contacted at  with any queries you may have regarding the application process.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 

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