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PhD in Chemistry: Chemical recycling of insulation foam for a circular economy of the construction polymers


   Cardiff School of Chemistry

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About the Project

Insulation foams are ubiquitous in the construction sector, with applications in cavity wall, under-floor, and roof insulation. Whilst insulation foams have provided enormous benefit to heat efficiency, there is much work to do before a viable circular economy is attained. Foams have a lifetime lasting decades, but eventually the material must be recovered and disposed of.

In this project you will develop a method to chemically recycle insulation foam into useful chemicals that can either be used to prepare new foam blocks, or else used elsewhere in the chemical industry. You will be joining an established collaboration that has prior experience in developing chemical recycling methods. There will be an opportunity to probe biological recycling methods.

Supervisor - Dr Benjamin Ward - People - Cardiff University

Academic criteria

Candidates should hold, or expect to gain, at first class degree or good 2.1 and / or appropriate Master's level qualification (or their equivalent).

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). For information on our English Language requirements - English language requirements for postgraduate students - Study - Cardiff University

How to Apply

Please complete an online application, stating your supervisor’s name and project title, to apply for this post - Chemistry - Study - Cardiff University

Deadline - 31st October 2023

We reserve the right to close to this advert if sufficient applications are received. Early application is advised

Start date - 1st January 2023

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive environment for all. We welcome applications from all members of the global community irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

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Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year UK funded post with UK tuition fees and UKRI level stipend.
This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates. However, Overseas and EU candidates should note that they will be required to cover the difference between Home and Overseas/EU fees each year.

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