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Advanced fuel quality control in biomass torrefaction process

The project will develop advanced control solution for the optimisation of torrefaction process.

Number of places



12 February 2018


3 years


Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

Project Details

Biomass residues and waste, have great potential to deliver a significant contribution to the primary energy demand while meeting low carbon objectives. However, utilisation of these low-grade biomass materials is severely limited by their fuel properties. Torrefaction is a pre-treatment technology that upgrades biomass to homogenous solid products with significantly improved fuel quality, and thus offer a premium solution to enable efficient utilisation of waste biomass for energy. The project will develop advanced control solution for the optimisation of torrefaction process.

This project under the supervision of Dr Jun Li ( This innovative project is ideally suited to students with the creativity and drive to pursue doctoral studies at a technologically leading university, providing the students to gain expertise in process modelling and experience on experimental investigations.

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.

Funding Details

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.

Contact us

Ms Jacqueline Brown

+44(0) 141 574 5319

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

How to apply

Apply for this PhD project here.

Please quote the project title in your application.