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Valorisation of biomass waste for sustainable production of fuel and chemicals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Global biomass waste production has significantly increased over the years. It is recognised that the development of alternative, cleaner sources of fuels and chemicals from biomass waste can secure energy sources and address environmental concerns. The technology to convert biomass waste into valuable hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals becomes promising, and relies on unique advancements in solid fuel process engineering and waste industry design. This project will undertake studies on the processes and technology required to convert biomass waste into a range of hydrocarbons. This research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the waste to energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons and chemicals produced.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

Knowledge and research experiences in the following areas are preferred: Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experiences in biomass energy and process simulations are desirable.

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Funding Notes

The studentship is available for UK and EU students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline. International applicants are also welcome with additional external funding to cover the fee difference between UK/EU fees and International fees. International applicants are also required to possess an IELTS certificate with an overall score 6.5 with individual sections scoring 5.5.

The student start date is October 2019.

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