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  (University of Manchester - Tsinghua University Dual Award) - Zeolite-confined metal catalysts for unconventional catalytic conversions of light alkanes into chemicals


   Department of Chemical Engineering

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  Dr Shaojun Xu, Dr Lichen Liu  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Efficient Catalyst Construction: Explore the use of zeolite-encapsulated subnanometer metal catalysts for their ability to selectively activate alkane molecules, leveraging their highly under-coordinated structures. 

Innovative Reaction Processes: Employ photo irradiation or non-thermal plasma to decrease energy consumption, utilizing external fields to generate highly active radical species and enhance the activation of inert C-H bonds on the metal active sites. 

 Fundamental Insights: Perform systematic characterizations under in situ or operando conditions to gain insights into the working mechanism of zeolite-encapsulated metal catalysts. Utilize advanced techniques, including aberration-corrected electron microscopy and synchrotron-based spectroscopy, to understand active sites and reaction mechanisms at an atomic and molecular level. 

Eligibility

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 honours degree or a master’s in a relevant science or engineering related discipline.

Funding

Fees at both institutions are covered as part of the studentship package, and other fantastic funding opportunities include an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £18,622 for 2024 / 25) that will be paid to students while in Manchester, and a commensurate stipend while at Tsinghua.

 You'll also receive an annual Research Training Support Grant towards project running costs/consumables while in Manchester, and a flight allowance for travelling between Manchester Tsinghua will be provided.

 For more information, visit our funding page or search our funding database for specific scholarships, studentships and awards you may be eligible for.

Before you apply

We strongly recommend that you contact the supervisor(s) for this project before you apply.

How to apply

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When applying, you’ll need to specify the full name of this project, the name of your supervisor, how you’re planning on funding your research, details of your previous study, and names and contact details of two referees.

 Your application will not be processed without all of the required documents submitted at the time of application, and we cannot accept responsibility for late or missed deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

 We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

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Funding Notes

Fees at both institutions are covered as part of the studentship package, and other fantastic funding opportunities include an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £18,622 for 2023 / 24) that will be paid to students while in Manchester, and a commensurate stipend while at Tsinghua.
You'll also receive an annual Research Training Support Grant towards project running costs/consumables while in Manchester, and a flight allowance for travelling between Manchester Tsinghua will be provided.