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Valorisation of waste biomass for production of hydrocarbon fuels

This project will undertake studies on the process and technology to convert solid waste into varying range of hydrocarbons to optimise the process.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


12 February 2018


3 years


Candidates are expected to have a background in energy engineering, thermal engineering or chemical engineering discipline. Hands on experience in any one or more of the following would be advantageous – CFD modelling, biomass energy, and fuel characterization. A first-class honors or Masters with distinction is the minimum qualification requirement or a combination of qualification and professional experience equivalent to that level. Independent, self-motivation, good team spirit, and excellent communication skills are important assets of the successful candidate. The standard criteria for PG recruitment at University of Strathclyde also applies.

• Minimum of first class honors or Masters with distinction
• Good references
• Evidence of some research experience e.g. Publication/Conference
• English language tests: IELTS Funding: International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5).

Project Details

The global solid waste production increased over years. It is recognised that the development of alternative, cleaner sources of fuels and chemicals from solid waste can secure energy sources and address environmental concerns. The technology to convert solid biomass waste into valuable hydrocarbon fuel becomes promising, and this relies on unique advancements in solid fuel processing engineering and waste industry design. This project will undertake research on innovate technologies to convert solid waste into hydrocarbons fuel and energy and optimize the conversion process. This research project requires the intensive process modelling and experimental studies to analyse the flexibilities of the waste to energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons.

This project will be under the supervision of Dr Jun Li ( and Dr Leo Lue in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Strathclyde. This innovated 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 research expertise in biomass energy. Interactions with other national groups and international groups are also envisaged.

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

Fully funded studentship (fees and stipend) for UK/EU students. International students with required qualifications and satisfying the eligibility criteria are also strongly encouraged to submit their application if they have already secured research scholarships.

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.