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Nature-inspired strategies for CO2 transformation into valuable products


Department of Chemical Engineering

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Dr Antonio Exposito Serrano No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing in October 2021.

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. Please see the Funding Eligibility section below for more information.

Project team: Dr Antonio Exposito Serrano

Informal queries should be directed to Dr Antonio Exposito Serrano - [Email Address Removed]

Project:

The continuous rise of CO2 levels in the atmosphere is one of the most serious challenges that humanity is facing. CO2 emission is a major cause of global warming and it has been identified as a national climate emergency by the UK government. It is, therefore, a priority to find alternative solutions to the problem. The catalytic transformation of CO2 into harmless products is a promising solution to this challenge. The side products of the reaction can also turn into high economic value for industries, as it is the case of liquid fuels. However, the current technologies for catalytic CO2 transformation show low conversion values and cannot compete with natural photosynthesis that occurs in plants. Moreover, it is difficult to tune the selectivity of the reactions. As such, the goal of the proposed PhD project is to improve current catalytic CO2 transformation reactions, and in particular to enhance yield and selectivity towards worthy products. This challenge will be addressed by applying nature-inspired strategies to develop innovative photo-electro-catalysts that, by mimicking photosynthetic cells mechanisms, use sunlight to convert CO2 into valuable products.

Candidate Requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

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.

https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUCE-FP01&code2=0015 

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/

Expected start date: 4 October 2021

Funding Eligibility:

In order to be considered for a studentship, you must qualify as a ‘Home’ student. The UK Government has not yet published the relevant Fee Regulations for courses commencing in 2021/22; however, our current understanding is that the main categories of students likely to qualify for ‘Home’ fees are (subject to confirmation by the UK Government):

·        UK nationals (meeting residency requirement*)

·        Irish nationals resident in the UK/Ireland since at least September 2018

·        EU/EEA applicants with settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme (meeting residency requirement*)

·        Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK (meeting residency requirement*)

*Residency requirement: in most cases applicants must have lived in the UK, EU, EEA or Switzerland continuously since September 2018.

EU/EEA citizens who live outside the UK are unlikely to be eligible for ‘Home’ fees and funding.

Up-to-date information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage and on 


Funding Notes

A studentship includes ‘Home’ tuition fees, a stipend (£15,609 per annum, 2021/22 rate) and research/training expenses (£1,000 per annum) for up to 3.5 years.
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