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Reducing air pollutions and greenhouse gases in urban and rural areas using atmospheric solar photocatalysis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Gas emissions from human activity are threating our health and environment. For instance, motor vehicles are a significant source of urban air pollutions (e.g. NOx, CO and SO2) and are increasingly important contributors of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs, e.g. CO2, and NO2). From livestock sector in rural area, the emission of CH4 in particular is also one of the largest sources of GHGs globally. A novel technology, which combines solar up-drafting devices and photocatalysis was proposed recently by Dr de Richter et al to transform those air pollutions and GHGs into benign atmospheric gases. The figure illustrates the principle and some examples. This studentship will involve building a rig, and aim to investigate and optimise the choice of catalysts and their operating conditions for the elimination of different target gases in urban and rural environments.
Collaborators: Pilkington Technology Management Ltd., Dr Renaud de Richter (University of Montpellier, France), Prof Philip Davies (University of Birmingham), and Prof Tingzhen Ming (Wuhan University of Technology, China).

Further information: https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=R190197

Funding Notes

This studentship provides a maintenance allowance (currently £14,777 per year) and covers tuition fees at the home/EU level. Applicants from outside the EU are welcome but they will need to pay the difference between the home/EU and international fee levels; that difference is currently £12,290/year.

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