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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Developing dual function materials for integrated CO2 capture and utilisation


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

, Dr Tomas Ramirez Reina Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Guildford United Kingdom Chemical Engineering Energy Technologies Environmental Engineering Nanotechnology Other

About the Project

This is a fully funded Ph.D. project focusing on developing dual function materials (DFMs) that can capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from an emission source and release it as a high value fuel or chemical upon exposure to a reducing co-reactant.

DFMs have attracted attention recently within the power-to-gas concept, which seeks to convert CO2 emissions to synthetic natural gas using renewable hydrogen. We are now seeking to expand the applications of DFMs to the production of other chemicals through an experimental project. A DFM with adsorbent and catalytic capability takes advantage of an exothermic chemical transformation of CO2 to drive the endothermic desorption process from adsorbent sites, avoiding temperature or pressure swing steps that are conventionally employed. The project will focus on material synthesis, characterisation and testing, with an emphasis on developing fundamental understanding that can be applied to the improvement of this technology.

This project will be conducted in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at University of Surrey beginning in February 2021. The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline. Prior experimental research experience is desirable. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Entry requirements:

Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline.

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply:

Applications should be made through the Chemical and Process Engineering course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/chemical-and-process-engineering-research-phd#apply

Please contact Melis Duyer with your CV () prior to submitting your application.


Funding Notes

The funds will support a student at home tuition fee rates for 3 years, with the stipend at the UKRI standard level.

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