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PhD Studentship: Next-generation bio-fuels: optical and theoretical analysis of particulate formation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: RYWS2019
Start date of studentship: 1 January 2020
Closing date of advert: 30 September 2019
Interview date: TBC

Primary supervisor: Dr Ruoyang Yuan
Secondary supervisor: Prof. Graham Hargrave

This PhD studentship offers the chance to take part in an EPSRC project that will have real world impact on climate change and improve air quality by reducing emissions from power generation and transport. The successful applicant will work with world-leading experts in the Energy and Transport research within the Wolfson School and in the UK.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The Wolfson School has a long-standing reputation in low-carbon energy conversion. Research covers a wide spectrum of Optical Engineering and IC engine research, including combustion, after-treatment and optical diagnostics. Research is well funded from EPSRC, Innovate UK, Advanced Propulsion Centre and collaboration with industrial partners.

Full Project Detail

From power generation to transport, biofuels will play an important part in our low-carbon future. As promising substitutes for fossil-fuels, their use as alternatives for automotive and aircraft applications is receiving increased attention world-wide. To take advantage of the environmental benefits of biofuels, their sustainable production and potential for emissions reduction, requires a fundamental understanding of combustion processes.

This PhD programme will focus on characteristics of particulate formation, applying state-of-the-art diagnostics to gather new data for bio-fuels and develop novel models of particulate formation to aid the design of low-emission combustion systems. The fundamental understanding of the relationship between the flame structure and emissions is not well established. The experimental and numerical studies will provide knowledge of the combustion performance of important biofuels and accelerate the development of next-generation low-emission sustainable engines.

The PhD will work closely with groups in Cambridge University and Computational Modelling Cambridge Ltd, taking part in the development of reduced-order biofuel models and optimised for industrial solutions.

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Informal enquires can be sent to the project supervisor, Dr Ruoyang Yuan ().

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: optical diagnostics, soot modelling, combustion, bioenergy, chemical engineering, and thermal engineering.

Contact details

Name: Dr Ruoyang Yuan
Email address:
Telephone number:

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’

Please quote reference number: RYWS2019

Funding Notes

If awarded, this 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 per year). Whilst we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

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