Sustainable Manufacturing of Membranes

   Department of Chemical Engineering

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About the Project

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project.

Project Background:

Chemical separations are critical to many aspects of our daily lives, from the energy we use and the water we drink, to the medications we take. Separations consume 10-15% of the total energy used in the world, and high selectivity membranes could make these separations 10x more energy efficient.

However, most membranes are still prepared using polymers derived from fossil-fuels and toxic solvents. In this PhD project you will be pioneering the use of green solvents and biopolymers to prepare highly selective membranes for liquid separations. Our research team is pioneering the use of these sustainable materials in membrane manufacturing in collaboration with Bath’s Institute for Sustainability and Italy’s Institute on Membrane Technology. You will be part of a diverse research team, with extensive support in terms of materials synthesis and characterisation and membrane testing, including a brand-new membrane testing lab with a full-time technician to support students and researchers.

This PhD studentship is provided by the University of Bath as part of a £9Mn EPSRC-funded SynHiSel programme grant linking leading membrane researchers across the UK at six universities (Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London). You can find more information about SynHiSel at SynHiSel encourages the development of collaborative projects among partners, including financial support to visit participating universities.

Candidate requirements:

Applicants are expected to hold, or be about to obtain, a first class MChem/MEng or MSc degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. They should have excellent laboratory skills for polymer/materials synthesis and characterization. The successful candidate will have exceptional team-working and communication skills, so as to interact effectively with other researchers at Bath and collaborating Universities.

Enquiries and Applications:

For inquiries please contact Prof Davide Mattia, phone: +44(0)1225-383961 [Email Address Removed],

Please make a formal application via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemical Engineering

In the ‘Funding Your Studies’ section, please select ‘University of Bath LURS ’ from the first drop-down menu. In the ‘Your PhD project’ section, please quote the project title and supervisor name in the appropriate fields.

Failure to complete these steps will cause delays in processing your application and may cause you to miss the deadline.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

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Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Bath, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community. All appointments are made on merit

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Membranes; sustainability; green polymers; biomass; separations

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

Applicants may be considered for a University of Bath (LURS) studentship tenable for 3 years. Funding covers tuition fees at the ‘Home’ rate, a stipend (£18,622 p/a in 2023/24) and a £1000/annum training budget.
You will likely need to hold UK or Irish citizenship, EU (Pre-)Settled status in the UK, or another form of indefinite leave, to be eligible for Home fees.

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