Postgraduate research opportunities

Optimising organic feedstock properties for thermal applications

This project will utilise modelling and experimental tools to understand dewatering and drying characteristics of various organic wastes. This project will lead to the development of novel drying technologies for organic feedstocks and thermal applications.

Number of places

One

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

29 January 2019

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. Knowledge and research experiences in the following areas are preferred: energy engineering, thermal engineering, chemical engineering and waste management. Experiences in bioenergy and process simulations are desirable.

Project Details

Organic wastes are valuable for energy, nutrients and fuels; however, in many parts of the world, these materials remain an “untapped resource” ― treated as waste. In a world of energy- and water scarcity, where basic infrastructure is under growing pressure, and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in excessive flows are causing adverse environmental effects; there is a need for a paradigm shift in the way organic wastes are treated. These include the use of feedstocks such as food wastes, human excreta, livestock wastes, agricultural wastes, crop residues and wood wastes, for fuel, heat and/or electricity. The high moisture content of these materials, in many cases, limits their use particularly for thermal treatment. This project will utilise modelling and experimental tools to understand dewatering and drying characteristics of various organic wastes. This project will lead to the development of novel drying technologies for organic feedstocks and thermal applications.

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 may be considered for a University scholarship.

Supervisor

Primary Supervisor - Dr Tosin Somorin

 

Contact us

Ms Jacqueline Brown

+44(0) 141 574 5319

chemeng-pg-admissions@strath.ac.uk

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.