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The geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide in Wales under a range of environmental conditions


Project Description

An understanding of the interaction of coal/rock-water-microbes-carbon dioxide is crucial for the long term geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. The influences of storage medium, pore fluid characteristics and magnitude of injection pressure on geochemical, mineralogical and microbial changes is anticipated to impact the integrity of cap rock and sealing systems. The work will, in the main, involve experimental investigations associated with carbon dioxide adsorption/desorption and permeability characteristics in coal and rocks under predetermined physical, chemical and microbiological boundary conditions.

The studentship, based in the Geoenvironmental Research Centre at Cardiff School of Engineering, forms part of Geo-Carb-Cymru. Geo-Carb Cymru is a new project which is part of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE), funded jointly by Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. This is a multidisciplinary project, looking into the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide in Wales under a range of environmental conditions. The programme takes a whole systems approach underpinned by experimental, numerical modelling and field studies.

The project integrates a strong network of multi-disciplinary researchers in civil engineering, microbial geochemistry, ecology, materials science, geology, natural sciences, mathematical modelling and biogeochemistry. Highly experienced researchers will work closely with early-stage researchers to foster a new generation of experts in geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide in Wales. The Geo-Carb-Cymru is a joint project between Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University, the British Geological Survey, National Museum of Wales and University of Leeds (www.nrn-lcee.ac.uk/geo-carb-cymru).

Candidates should be interested in experimental work, and be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn.

Applicants for a studentship must hold, at least, a 2.1 degree or Master’s degree in Civil engineering, Geology, Earth sciences or other relevant subject; or other relevant experience such as industrial experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Start date: 1st July 2017 or 1st October 2017 (We may close the opportunity early if a suitable candidate is identified).

Funding Notes

This studentship is for 3 years (full-time) and consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend (£14,553 p.a. for 2016/17, updated each year) for eligible candidates.

The studentship is open to Home, EU and Overseas candidates. However, it should be noted that overseas candidates will be required to pay the difference between the home and overseas fee.

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