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  Metal organic frameworks for adsorption-based separations in the shipping industry


   Department of Chemical Engineering

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  Dr R Pini, Dr Camille Petit  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The project addresses the decarbonisation of the shipping sector and aims at improving the environmental performance of marine fuels.  Specifically, the project will explore the use of adsorbents based on metal organic frameworks (MOFs) for the recovery of methane slip from the exhaust gas of LNG-fueled Internal Combustion Engines (ICE). To this end, you will apply a workflow that integrates the experimental characterisation of selected MOF-based adsorbents with process design and optimisation. Process modelling will be used to select a list of candidate MOFs by (i) screening existing adsorbents as well as by (ii) identifying desirable MOF characteristics through a reverse-engineering approach. In this endeavour, emphasis will be given on the feasibility of scale-up from both the economic and technical viewpoint (e.g., raw materials, synthesis conditions, formulation). Lab-scale testing will then be carried out on the shortlisted MOFs to determine the necessary properties (adsorption equilibrium and kinetics) at representative conditions needed for process design and optimisation. While the focus is on marine applications, if the research is successful, the technology could be applied to any ICE using LNG as fuel.


Chemistry (6) Materials Science (24)

Funding Notes

To be eligible for support, applicants must be “UK Residents” as defined by the residential eligibility criteria set by the EPSRC. The studentship is for 3.5 years starting in October 2023 and will provide full coverage of standard tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £19,668
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