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  PhD project: Sustainable production of chemicals and aviation fuels


   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Prof M Maroto-Valer  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Large scale deployments of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and integration with green hydrogen are a promising pathway to produce value-added chemicals and sustainable aviation fuels. This project aims to develop attractive commercial opportunities to produce marketable products by developing cost effective catalysts and optimizing the process through reactor design and life-cycle assessment.

This project is one of a number of projects hosted by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Green Industrial Futures. The CDT was recently awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to Heriot Watt University (lead), Imperial College London, and the Universities of Sheffield and Bath. The CDT is further supported by contributions from industrial partners.

The CDT boasts an exciting and challenging programme specifically designed for top performing junior researchers, in addition to the main area of research, including:

  • Residential taught training courses at each of the partner universities to contextualise your research within the wider net zero industrial landscape.
  • An industry challenge project with one of our industrial partners.
  • An international opportunity in year 2 or 3 of the degree, with the option for a second international visit in year 3.
  • A bespoke ‘net-zero leadership programme’, including regular exchanges with cohort members from the other universities.

The project is four years full time, and includes full UK fees and stipends, plus budget for travel and consumables. The positions are in first instance for UK students, while in some cases also overseas students can be appointed. The first cohort has a firm staring date of 1 October 2024.

Applications can be made by emailing a one-page CV, full transcript of university results, and half page motivation letter to the academic supervisor listed with the position.

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24)
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