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UK/EU Studentship: Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Rocks: Applications of MRI to study reactive flows in porous media

Project Description

Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals. Students must meet the eligibility criteria at:

(3-year fully-funded PhD studentship with Professor Lynn Gladden and Dr. Andy Sederman to start 1 October 2019.) The industrial partner is Shell Global Solutions International B.V.

Carbon dioxide sequestration in porous media such as rock formations is being considered as a candidate technology for carbon dioxide removal and storage due to the potentially large storage capacity available within the pore space of the rocks. However, much greater understanding of how carbon dioxide behaves in different rock core formations is required. In particular, when carbon dioxide is present in an aqueous environment within the pore space of the rock it forms an acidic solution which can react with the rock itself causing breakdown of the pore structure of the rock and hence lead to release of the carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere over time.

This project will use state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging techniques and spatially-resolved magnetic resonance transport measurements alongside chemical mapping methods to explore the physics and chemistry of reactive flows in real rock cores. Interesting effects to be observed include the formation of wormholes which are associated with channelling of reacting fluids within the pore structure of the rock. Understanding how wormholes form as a function of the characteristics of the pore space, the injection rate of the carbon dioxide and the temperature and pressure of the system will be the initial focus of the study. The results of this work will provide important new insights as to how large scale carbon sequestration in rocks can be successfully deployed.

The project requires good experimental skills, competence in data analysis and basic mathematical skills.

Applicants for the studentship should have:

1.) A First Class (or a high 2:1) in all previous degrees (Bachelor’s and if applicable, Master’s or other postgraduate degrees) in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics.
2.) If your degree(s) was taken outside the UK, please visit to determine if your marks will qualify before you apply.
3.) The successful candidate will be expected to formally apply for admission to the University of Cambridge. Please see the University’s admissions requirements at:

To apply for the studentship, please send the following to by noon on Friday 8 March 2019:

1.) Include the Vacancy Reference number NQ18162 in the subject line of your email.
2.) A copy of your CV
3.) Copies of your transcripts from all previous degrees (Bachelor’s and if applicable, Master’s or other postgraduate degrees) that show the marks/grades obtained in each course.

Funding Notes

Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only open to nationals of the United Kingdom or the European Union.

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