About the Project
You will investigate the role of coke in a number of processes in order to understand the structural and chemical properties that result in its activity. Two exemplar processes are (i) alkane dehydrogenation in fixed-bed reactors where coke is seen to be an effective catalyst; and (ii) liquid-phase hydrothermal carbonisation where char formed in situ may accelerate the chemical transformations. This is an experimental based project which will involve reaction testing and analysis, using techniques such as GCMS. It is well suited to applicants with a good knowledge of chemical engineering or chemistry.
The petrochemicals sector is globally significant employer. This project will provide the skills necessary to enter a range of roles in that sector, the chemical industry more widely or other roles related to energy and sustainability.
Subject-specific training will be provided on relevant techniques as well as a Doctoral development programme.
Good honours degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related subject.
The student will be working as part of a larger research group in a well-resourced lab dedicated to developing sustainable engineering solutions to global challenges. For further details please contact Dr. James McGregor directly via [Email Address Removed]
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