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Sustainable lubricants for engines fuelled on hydrogen and hydrogen/diesel mixtures

   School of Engineering

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  Dr Graham Calderbank  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the Jost Institute within the School of Engineering, based at the Preston (UK) Campus. The studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £160623 for 3.5 years. Both UK/Home and EU/International Applicants may apply but Tuition Fees will only be covered at the UK/Home rate for up to 3.5 years. EU/International Applicants would be expected to pay the difference between the UK/Home fee rate and EU/International fee rate. Other Allowances – up to £5000 per annum bench fees, consumables and travel allowance.

It is expected the successful applicant will commence September 2022.

Project Description:

This project forms part of the School of Engineering’s work on sustainability. It offers the successful applicant a unique opportunity to work with world experts and BP Castrol to investigate engineering aspects of the hydrogen economy.

Vehicle and engine manufacturers worldwide are investing heavily in the development of hydrogen engines for heavy trucks and off-road applications, where the internal combustion engine is seen as the only viable power plant for the foreseeable future. Lubricants will still be required and in 2020, 275,000 tonnes of fossil-fuel-derived engine lubricants were consumed in this country. Of this, 78% can be recycled saving around 300m tonnes of CO2 p.a. 

The objectives of this project are to examine the life-cycle of lubricating oils in engines fuelled with hydrogen or diesel/hydrogen, and to develop a closed-loop, recycled supply of sustainable lubricant (ECO-lubricant). The project is strongly supported by BP as part of their net zero ambition and will integrate several industrial partners and external collaborators with interests in the development of the hydrogen economy.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with Castrol’s lubricant experts at Pangbourne and gain a unique insight into lubricants and their formulation.

2022 sees the establishment of an internally funded Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Central Lancashire, which will support fully funded PhD studentships on an annual basis and with the first cohort joining us in September 2022.

The Doctoral Training Centre will provide:

  • A bespoke cohort programme of training & development focused on research skills and professional development that aligns with impact agendas
  • An events programme to include external speakers, networking opportunities and careers support
  • Opportunities to undertake industrial placements
  • A dedicated support team – academic and administrative
  • Tuition fees paid, annual stipend and a fund to support research activities

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Graham Calderbank ([Email Address Removed]).

For full details go to: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/studentships

Please apply using the following link, quoting the studentship reference number DTC033


For any other queries, please email [Email Address Removed]. 

Closing Date: 24th June 2022

Proposed Interview Date: TBC


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