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Valorisation of wet biomass waste for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

About the Project

The global solid waste production has seen dramatic increases over recent years. It is recognised that the development of alternative, cleaner sources of fuels and chemicals from wet biomass waste can secure energy sources and address environmental concerns. The technology to convert wet waste into valuable hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals becomes promising, and this relies on unique advancements in fuel processing engineering and waste industry design. This project will undertake studies on the process and technology to convert biomass waste into a varying range of hydrocarbons to optimise the process. This research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the flexibility of the waste-to-energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons as well as chemicals.

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

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates will be eligible to be considered for a University scholarship.

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. Knowledge and research experience in the following areas are preferred: Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience in biomass energy and process simulations are desirable. International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5).

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