Methane is a gas that is often produced in sewers. It is of interest because of its greenhouse gas potential, which is significantly higher than that of carbon dioxide. This project will investigate the production and fate of methane in sewer networks and hence help provide clarity on the actual greenhouse gas contribution from sewers. The different environments found in sewers will be investigated, such as sewer sediments, wastewater, biofilms and unsubmerged pipe walls.
Tools for describing methane cycles in sewers are being developed. The development of these tools requires in-depth understanding of the processes and process interactions involved in both the methane production and degradation. This project will focus on the description on the water quality transformations using both experimental work and modelling.
You will be part of Chemical Engineering at the Life Science Interface (ChELSI) and the Pennine Water Group. This provides an excellent opportunity platform to be part of internationally leading multidisciplinary research in urban drainage and environmental engineering. At the beginning of you PhD you will carry out a training needs analysis to identify needed skills. This is part of the doctoral development plan. More information about the Pennine Water Group can be found here: http://www.shef.ac.uk/penninewatergroup/
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Candidates should be self-funded, be sponsored or apply for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. Usual deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year. www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships
Candidates should have or expect to gain a First class or 2i degree in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry or related discipline.
If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each component.