A PhD studentship working with Professor Mike George is available for a 2022 start as part of a major collaborative project (EPSRC Prosperity Partnership) between Lubrizol and the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick.
The project will develop a culture of embedding sustainability in chemicals and polymer manufacturing from the earliest stages of design through to industrial production and use. Focussed on enabling sustainable routes to industrially important molecules, the studentship will be largely based around Process Analytical Technology (PAT) which is a manufacturing methodology for high value chemicals which allows a process to be thoroughly understood, well-defined and continually monitored. In particular, the student will focus on developing PAT approaches to follow reactions relevant to Lubrizol and also exploiting fully automated self-optimizing thermal reactors where in-line analysis is used to monitor the composition of the product stream exiting from the reactor and then algorithms are applied in real time to optimize the yield of a particular product or to minimize the formation of an unwanted by-product. The student will use a variety of tools, such as spectroscopic and chromatographic compositional analyzers, fixed purpose sensors, automated and statistical data analysis and overall knowledge management methods.
Successful applicants will be registered to study at Nottingham and will be expected to spend time in all three organisations. Students will be working alongside research fellows associated with the projects and side by side with industrially based scientists focussing on sustainability in a diverse research culture with the opportunity to contribute to project design and execution. In addition, it is expected that the students will be engaged in outreach activities to encourage inclusion, diversity and respect in chemistry and the workplace.
The studentship will be available from 1st October 2022 as a 4 year PhD with stipend at EPSRC standard rates starting at £15,609 per year with awards increasing every year, typically with inflation. This position is only available for UK citizens.
Our partnership welcomes applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they have the ability to succeed in the programme to which they have applied, and that they will benefit from and contribute to the learning, research and social environment at the University. We value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity and flexible working patterns. Applications are welcome from candidates who have non-traditional academic backgrounds.
To apply (or for further information), please send a covering email and a copy of your CV to Mike George (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for application is 14th May 2022