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Membranes in the Third Dimension – 3D Printing of Membranes with High Selectivity and Anti-fouling Properties


   Department of Chemical Engineering

   Sunday, October 02, 2022  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Funding is available to candidates who qualify for ‘Home’ fee status. Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the rules governing fee status have changed and, therefore, candidates from the EU/EEA are advised to check their eligibility before applying. If you are unsure whether you qualify for Home tuition fee status, please see our guide to understanding your tuition fee status, and the UKCISA guidance.

Project team:

Informal queries should be directed to Prof. John Chew -

Project:

Chemical separations are critical to many aspects of our daily lives, from the energy we use and the water we drink, to the medications we take. Separations consume 10-15% of the total energy used in the world, and high selectivity membranes could make these separations 10-times more energy efficient. In this project, you will be developing membranes with high selectivity and anti-fouling properties by using additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing, to fractionate components commonly found in pharmaceutical, bioprocessing and food processing applications. The project also aims to evaluate the energy and chemical requirements of 3D printing of membranes, and benchmark it against conventional fabrication techniques which typically generate unsustainable amount of chemical wastes and use excessive amount of toxic solvents.

This PhD studentship is provided by the University of Bath in support of a programme of research that links membrane researchers at six universities (Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London). The research is funded by a Programme Grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) entitled “Membrane Material Synthesis for High Selectivity” (SynHiSel). Our vision is to create the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency membrane processes.

Applicants are expected to hold, or be about to obtain, a first class MEng/MChem or MSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Chemistry. They should have excellent laboratory skills for experimentation and characterization, and understand aspects of materials science and engineering design relevant to the development of membrane testing protocols. The successful candidate will have exceptional team-working and communication skills, so as to interact effectively with other researchers at Bath and collaborating Universities.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Bath, 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. All appointments are made on merit.

Applicant Requirements:

Applicants are expected to hold, or be about to obtain, a first class in MEng/MChem or MSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Chemistry. They should have excellent laboratory skills for experimentation and characterization, and understand aspects of materials science and engineering design relevant to the development of membrane testing protocols. The successful candidate will have exceptional team-working and communication skills, so as to interact effectively with other researchers at Bath and collaborating Universities.

Application:

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

Chemical Engineering

https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUCE-FP01&code2=0017

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/


Funding Notes

A studentship includes ‘Home’ tuition fees, a stipend (£16,062 per annum, 2022/23 rate) and research/training expenses (£1,000 per annum) for up to 3.5 years.

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