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Recycle and reuse of process water through sulfate removal: developing an ionic liquid technology for selective anion recognition and extraction

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

A 3.5 year EPSRC DTP Industrial Case Studentship in collaboration with Chevron ETC is available for an outstanding and ambitious chemist to undertake research to explore applications of ionic liquid-based media for selective anion recognition and extraction.
The successful candidate, based in the QUILL Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, will design, synthesise and evaluate new ionic liquid extractants targetted to address the challenges of selective anion extraction and recovery to enable sustainable resource management. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised and mentored by the industry partners Chevron Energy Technology in Richmond, California who will provide technical and engineering support and design experience to enable up‑scaling and process integration and will spend at least 3 months with the company.

Requirements
A first class or upper-second class degree, specialising in Chemistry. Experience of practical synthetic chemistry, separations and analysis would be advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and working within a small research team and interacting directly with industry partners, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

Support
The funding covers tuition fees and full funding with an enhanced stipend (above the current £14,777 per annum) for 3.5 years, starting in/around October 2019.

Eligibility
Open subject to standard EPSRC eligibility to EU/UK citizens that satisfy a requirement of being ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship.
In the first instance, for informal enquires about the position please contact Dr John Holbrey.

How to apply
Applications must be submitted online at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply. Only applications submitted via the online portal will be accepted. The closing date is 18 February 2019.

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