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PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering: State of the art novel catalysts for environmental reaction engineering

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, December 09, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
January 2020 for 3 years.

Catalysis is a multi-billion dollar global industry. Chemists and engineers of the future will design and use novel catalysts with superior performance. This PhD provides the opportunity to be at the forefront of that demand.

Typical catalysts are prepared using deposition techniques. This approach offers limited control of catalyst properties. In this project you will investigate a new class of catalysts, so-called “exsolved materials”. Investigations around these materials are published in the highest quality scientific journals due to their controllable properties and excellent catalytic promise. You will be involved in the synthesis, characterisation and catalytic testing of such materials, in chemical processes of economic, environmental and industrial significance.

The facilities and opportunities provided to you are unparalleled. Through our home institution, collaborative partners and networks, we have access to the brightest and best people and equipment. Whether your intention is to continue into academia, or to prepare yourself for cutting-edge industrial work, this project will prepare you for a future as a leader in catalytic processes.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC (DTA) (

Name of supervisor(s):
Professor I Metcalfe (, Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering (

Eligibility Criteria:
You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria (, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8030F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Chemical Engineering (full time) - Chemical Engineering’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code ENG027 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG027 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009.

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