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Re-Purposing – A Symbiotic Approach to Manufacturing – Reducing Resource Consumption Whilst Meeting Social Needs (SAM20)

Project Description

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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Project detail

The novel engineering idea to be explored within this research is the re-purposing of components and parts derived predominantly from Electrical and Electronic waste to produce new consumer products that address key social and societal needs. The benefits of this approach are twofold, firstly the intrinsic value of the re-purposed component and its embedded energy content is retained, and secondly the products produced through this approach will address the otherwise unmet needs of individuals and communities in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way. This research will be a significant step towards the circular economy, establishing a systematic approach to using waste electronics as a high value manufacturing resource.

Due to the current interest in the circular economy and the existing barriers that this research overcomes, there are likely to be significant opportunities to work with leading manufacturers and NGO’s looking for solutions in this area.

In addition to your own review of existing literature, there will be opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills through attending lectures and courses run by the engineering school.
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Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Electronics, Sustainability, Manufacturing.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM20

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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