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NUAcT PhD studentship Cleaning the atmosphere: Next generation gas separation membranes

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Dr G A Mutch , Prof I Metcalfe No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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Start date and duration:
October 1 2020 for 3 years.

Separation processes account for up to ~15% of the world’s energy consumption. To meet the demands of clean growth we must develop new, more sustainable, economical and energy-efficient separation devices, including membranes.

Our current work is related to supported molten-salt membranes (!divAbstract). We have shown that they surpass performance targets for carbon dioxide capture (!divAbstract), highlighted in Chemistry World ( With you, we now wish to explore the potential for supported molten-salt membranes in e.g. reaction engineering, hydrogen production and direct air capture of carbon dioxide (one of the “seven chemical separations to change the world”. Tackling such timely and important challenges, the successful candidate will be positioned to become a future leader in industry or academia at the cutting-edge of separation science.

You will be a member of the MatCoRE research group where you will design and test new ceramic membranes in our unparalleled gas separation laboratory. MatCoRE is a pioneering and very well-funded team which is a key player in large, important UK research consortia (e.g. and and You will access these networks to e.g. perform cutting-edge membrane characterisation and build your contacts. You will be encouraged to present at international conferences and publish in top journals. Your supervisory team is outstanding – Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellow (Dr Greg A. Mutch) and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies (Prof. Ian S. Metcalfe). You will benefit from interaction with a wider cohort of NUAcT PhD Students across multiple disciplines.

Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) (

Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Greg A Mutch
Professor Ian S Metcalfe

Eligibility Criteria:
You should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline (e.g. Chemistry). You should be passionate about research and able to use your initiative to drive your own project and contribute to the goals of the group.

This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system

You will need to:
•insert the programme code 8030F in the programme of study section
•select ‘PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) – Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
•insert the studentship code eng056 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code eng056 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You should also send your covering letter and CV to: [Email Address Removed].

Dr Greg A. Mutch ([Email Address Removed]), School of Engineering

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,285. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.
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