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Reutilisation of bioenergy waste residue in low-cost pollution abatement technology development (Advert Reference: SF18/MCE/TIWARY)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Globally, waste as a resource for low-cost pollution abatement technology development has huge potential, mainly in the developing countries. With greater emphasis on strategies for diverting biowastes from landfill and their sustainable re-utilisation through valorisation in renewable energy plants, the volumes of biowaste residue are expected to increase rapidly over the coming years. Specifically, ensuring a sustainable pathway for fostering environmental best practice in utilising biowaste from two key biomass conversion technologies (anaerobic digestion and biomass combustion) has been long overdue. Addressing this issue, the project focuses on developing an affordable, sustainable wastewater treatment solution using bioenergy waste residue. It is underpinned by a multidisciplinary scope, at the interface of engineering and international development issue, of pursuing some innovative research in extending the conventional waste-to-energy practice to pollution alleviation.

During this research, you will be developing your skills in experimental and modelling work using the facilities in our analytical labs; however, this can be customised, suiting the capabilities of an appropriate candidate. The key activities will include – (a) adequate processing of waste residue in developing a viable filtration product; (b) evaluation of its pore characteristics and mechanical properties; (c) pollutant adsorption and collection efficiency under lab/field condition.

The research will be drawing interests from the following broad categories of stakeholders – i) Sustainability scientists (primarily researchers involved in urban waste management, renewable bio energy and environmental management); ii) Public/private sector industries (bioenergy companies, water/waste water utility companies, process industries); iii) Administrators (policy makers/local authorities and regulators).

Please note eligibility requirement:

* Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]) in engineering sciences; or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
* Appropriate IELTS score, if required

This project is well suited to motivated and hard-working candidates with a keen interest in sustainability issues at the interface of Engineering and Environment. The applicant should have excellent communication skills including proven ability to write in English.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF18/MCE/TIWARY) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2019 or 1 June 2019 or 1 October 2019

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project


Tiwary, A., & Williams, I. (2018). Air pollution: measurement, modelling and mitigation. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Abingdon, UK.
Apichonnabutr, W., & Tiwary, A. (2018). Trade-offs between economic and environmental performance of an autonomous hybrid energy system using micro hydro. Applied Energy, 226, 891-904.
Tiwary, A., Williams, I. D., Pant, D. C., & Kishore, V. V. N. (2015). Assessment and mitigation of the environmental burdens to air from land applied food-based digestate. Environmental Pollution, 203, 262-270.

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