Chemical & Process Engineering postgraduate research opportunities

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Novel porous materials for gas separation and storage


Deadline:28 February 2018 Opens:19 July 2017

This project aims to use current understanding of framework and materials engineering, along with characterization of sorption properties to synthesize, test and retro-engineer porous materials for selective gas uptake and storage.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Production of hydrocarbon fuels from biomass waste


Deadline:28 February 2018 Opens:19 July 2017

This project studies the process and technology required to convert solid waste into a range of hydrocarbons via pyrolysis, involving intensive process modelling with experimental tests to analyse the waste to energy process and fuel properties of the hydrocarbons produced.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Designing novel systems for clean, sustainable heat production from biomass


Deadline:28 February 2018 Opens:19 July 2017

This project aims to develop a novel heat production system which negates the need for expensive cleaning or upgrading of syngas prior to combustion thereby creating a technically-feasible and cost-effective option for the use of syngas in small-medium scale operations.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the structural statistics of jamming to enable predictive formulation and flow of high solids content suspensions


Opens:4 August 2017

Improved understanding of the structural causes of jamming is the focus of this PhD project, using novel computer-simulation based structural methods linked to experimental statistical measurements.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Disruptive technologies in chemical engineering education and training


Opens:4 August 2017

The project will focus on how chemical engineering education and training may change in the next decade, comparing with other areas of engineering, science and related industry. Where are the opportunities or threats, what are the barriers and encouragers?

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Inhibiting amyloid development using natural compounds: a molecular dynamics study


Opens:4 August 2017

This project will utilise molecular dynamics simulation, exploiting the ARCHIE_WeSt supercomputer at Strathclyde to understand how the inhibitors interact with protein aggregates; how they interfere with the nucleation and growth pathway of the fibrils, and if aggregation can be reversed.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigation of pharmaceutical crystallisation using small angle x-ray scattering


Opens:4 August 2017

The project will focus on the applications of latest Small-angle X-ray scattering system in CMAC (EPSRC Centre of excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation) to provide mechanistic understanding of interparticle interaction in dense system under repulsive or attractive interactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of multi-sensor measurement for characterizing biological suspensions and tissue


Opens:4 August 2017

The project will focus on the development of novel multi-sensor measurement-analysis platform which integrate optics (instrument configuration) and theories of light propagation through particulate media to extract physical and chemical information of biological suspensions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the effect of the electric double layer on electron transfer kinetics


Opens:4 August 2017

This project will combine recent theories for the influence of charge correlations on the structure of the electric double layer with a simple quantum description of charge transfer to to develop a new model for electrochemical reactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Developing a multiscale description of complex fluids from the molecular to the continuum scales


Opens:4 August 2017

This ambitious project attempts to build a single, unified description of complex fluids that incorporates molecular-level detail but can be applied on a wide range of length and time scales that extends to the continuum scale.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Modelling the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for continuous manufacture


Opens:4 August 2017

The project aims to develop new models for predicting the performance of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in adsorption applications and in computational design of nanoporous silica materials, as well as obtaining experimental insight into the synthesis of MOFs.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Production of membranes using green, safe and sustainable alternative solvents


Opens:4 August 2017

This research project aims to develop polymer membranes produced via “green” polymer solutions. The selection of acceptable alternative solvents will follow a “holistic” approach that will take into consideration both experimental data and molecular simulations.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Nucleation of organic crystals in flows


Opens:4 August 2017

This project investigates how crystals nucleate and how fluid flows can be used to influence crystallisation, using cutting edge experimental facilities, including high speed high resolution imaging, Brownian microscopy, static and dynamic light scattering and small angle X-ray scattering.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering


Opens:4 August 2017

This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigating the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries


Opens:4 August 2017

This project will investigate the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries, in particular in the oil and gas industry, and the context in which these occur (e.g. company safety culture, Process Safety Management Systems).

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Fabrication and development of hollow fibre membranes for advanced gas separation applications


Opens:4 August 2017

This project will focus on polymer science, rheology, material/fibre science, gas separation, gas transmission modelling and spectroscopy for the manufacture of advanced performance gas separation hollow fibre membranes.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding