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Recycling of Antimony and Bromine and Production of Hydrocarbon Oils from Waste Plastics Containing Brominated Flame Retardants


Energy and Resources Institute

About the Project

This project aims to develop a process for recycling antimony and bromine and for producing oils from recycled plastics, especially from industrial grades ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and HIPS (high impact polystyrene) thermoplastics. These materials are notoriously difficult to recycle but are widely used in manufacturing of computer and TV boxes, and other consumer electronics. The oil should be bromine free and the process should generate no toxic polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polybrominated dibenzofurans, with the concentration of each PBDD/F congener in the oil to fall below the limit of detection.

Funding Notes

This scholarship consists of tax-free stipends and tuition fee waivers.

• Each stipend will be approximately AU$30,000 per year (adjusted yearly) for 3 years, with an additional one-off AU$5,000 allocated to support part of the student’s medical insurance and relocation.
• Tuition fees of the PhD course (approx. $28,000 per year, adjusted yearly) will also be waived for 3 years.

The stipends and tuition fee waivers may be extended to 3.5 years, for students who demonstrate publication of high-quality research outputs prior to applying for an extension.

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