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Waste and biomass valorisation: Novel lignin conversion for biorefining


   Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

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About the Project

The conversion of biomass to fuels and value-added chemicals is key to support net-zero aspirations both globally and within the UK. Ideally biomass sources should be non-food biomass such as lignocellulosic biomass, and/or supply chain surplus or wastes. However, the biorefinery concept is challenged with valorisation of complex waste streams encompassing all biomass components; the requirement for new, biobased supply chains; discovery of new technologies and processes that are also sustainable with respect to social, economic and environmental factors; heterogeneity of biomass feedstocks; integration of biorefinery systems within established systems; and complex modelling requirements. Lignocellulosic conversion usually focuses on the conversion of sugars to fuels and chemicals. However, the lignin component of lignocelluose needs to be used (alongside the sugars) within the biorefinery to improve economic potential of biorefinery processes. This project will research novel lignin conversion techniques using ultrasound and heterogeneous catalysis.

Supervisor: Dr Madeleine Bussemaker

This project is open to UK students starting in October 2022. Later start dates are possible.

Entry requirements

Home student (UK, EU pre-settled or settled status, indefinite leave to remain) with a 2:1 or better.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category, or equivalent (if not graduated from UK institution). More about our English language requirements.

How to apply

If you are interested in a particular area please send your CV and email directly to Dr Madeleine Bussemaker ([Email Address Removed]) and apply via the Chemical and Process Engineering PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.


Funding Notes

UKRI stipend (e.g. £16,062 for 2022/23), home fees covered, £3,000 Research Training Support Grant and £3,000 Bench fees. Funding for 3.5 years. Funded by the EPSRC Doctoral Training Programme and the University of Surrey.
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