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PhD Project: Valorization of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Nanocellulose and other Value-added Products through Biorefinery Approach


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About the Project

Tons of agro-industrial waste residues are generated every year in Ireland and around the world, with only a small percentage being used in applications such as feedstock and energy production. These waste residues are most abundant renewable carbon resource in the world and is mainly composed of lignin, cellulose and hemicelluloses. In this project, the PhD researcher will develop a biorefinery concept based on the application of novel technologies such as cold plasma, ionic liquids, ultrasound etc to the processing of biomass. The main target is to produce nanocellulose, biofuels, enzymes and other value-added products.
The PhD student will gain experience in several complementary disciplines, including biotechnology, microbiology, chemical engineering, novel processing technologies such as cold plasma and ultrasound and nanotechnology. The successful applicant will be hosted at the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) and School of Food Science & Environmental Health, TU Dublin. The project will allow attendance at an international conference for result dissemination and networking. Interested candidates are welcome to contact Dr. Amit Jaiswal ([Email Address Removed]) for further information.

Funding Notes

Essential:
• BSc in Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology or similar (min. 2.1)
• Working knowledge of nanocellulose production
• Chemical characterisation of nanomaterials
• Working experience of fermentation process
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