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The synthesis of novel alkaline materials for carbon mineralisation to prevent climate change


Project Description

A fully funded PhD studentship is available at the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions at Heriot-Watt University.
Alkaline industrial materials (e.g., cement, lime, iron and steel waste) have been shown to readily react with carbon dioxide (CO2) to form solid carbonate minerals, or dissolved bicarbonate solutions, and thus may be able to help prevent climate change. While the manufacturing process of many of these materials emits a significant amount of (CO2) into the atmosphere, some have the potential. If combined with other forms of emissions reduction, reacting these materials with atmospheric CO2 may result in industries that are either carbon neutral or slightly net negative emitters.

The aim of this PhD project will be to develop novel process of creating low-carbon alkaline materials, using laboratory experiments to synthesise these materials and assess how they react with CO2. Also, the student will work with industrial partners who create and manage these materials, to produce relevant guidance or best practice. Work is most likely based at Heriot-Watt, but some visits to industrial partners may be necessary.

We are looking to recruit an excellent student who is motivated by a desire to contribute to preventing climate change. Experience with geochemistry, environmental sciences, chemical engineering, and laboratory experimentation are highly desirable. The funding requires the student to hold either UK or EU nationality (international students may apply but may need to contribute to the short-fall in fees funding). We will continue to advertise this until a suitable candidate is found, with an initial deadline 20th December 2019. Starting dates are flexible but applicants should aim to be in position by October 2020 at the latest.

The student will join Heriot-Watt’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, an internationally leading centre for researching proposals to prevent climate change. The centre includes state of the art laboratories, servicing a dynamic community of students and researchers.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover fees at UK HE rates + a student stipend.

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