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Optimising organic feedstock properties for thermal applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Organic wastes are valuable for energy, nutrients and fuels; however, in many parts of the world, these materials remain an “untapped resource” ― treated as waste. In a world of energy- and water scarcity, where basic infrastructure is under growing pressure, and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in excessive flows are causing adverse environmental effects; there is a need for a paradigm shift in the way organic wastes are treated. These include the use of feedstocks such as food wastes, human excreta, livestock wastes, agricultural wastes, crop residues and wood wastes, for fuel, heat and/or electricity. The high moisture content of these materials, in many cases, limits their use particularly for thermal treatment. This project will utilise modelling and experimental tools to understand dewatering and drying characteristics of various organic wastes. This project will lead to the development of novel drying technologies for organic feedstocks and thermal applications.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Funding Notes

Excellent candidates may be considered for a University scholarship. This PhD project is also offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources.

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. Knowledge and research experiences in the following areas are preferred: energy engineering, thermal engineering, chemical engineering and waste management. Experiences in bioenergy and process simulations are desirable.

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