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Optimising Supercritical and Fluid Extraction Techniques For Low Carbon/High Value Chemicals

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Dr J Hardy Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( at Lancaster University (

A funded PhD linked with CO2 Extraction Ltd Ref. No LU-008

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free till June 2023.
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”.
• This project is based at Lancaster University (, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West.
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The aim of the project is to explore the extraction of high value compounds from a variety of novel feedstocks, producing a database of natural chemicals and their plant sources, with immediate commercial impact. For selected targets, this project will analyze and modify both upstream and downstream processes designed to optimise the quality and yield of the extract against industry standards.
Additionally, this project will explore alternative uses of SC-CO2 in different industrial sectors against more environmentally damaging and costlier production.

The successful candidate will have an upper second or first class degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Material Sciences, Natural Sciences, Material Sciences or related discipline.

CO2 Extraction Ltd was established in December 2018 and is based in Lancaster. The business is divided into three main areas; toll extraction; research and development (R&D); and design and build. The Lancaster facility is unusual for the sector as it is the only location in the country which contains both large scale commercial and test pilot scale extraction machinery, making it the ideal place to conduct CO2 extraction research. CO2E has recently upgraded their facility to incorporate fully equipped chemical laboratory facilities, expanding the capacity for the in-house research and development, to support the Testing and Commercial departments of the operation.

The Project will be supervised by Dr John Hardy, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Professor Peter Fielden, Emeritus Professor in Chemistry.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

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