Postgraduate research opportunities

Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering


Opens:6 September 2017

This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage


Opens:18 October 2017

Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Formation of Hydraulic and Chemical Ground Barriers to Inhibit Contaminant Migration on Radioactively Contaminated Sites


Deadline:31 December 2019 Opens:16 October 2019

This 4-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will explore the use of colloidal silica hydrogel as a barrier to migration of radioactive contaminants in soils during decommissioning operations on nuclear facilities.

Fee status

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

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Postgraduate research opportunities

Formation of Hydraulic and Chemical Ground Barriers to Inhibit Contaminant Migration on Radioactively Contaminated Sites

This 4-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will explore the use of colloidal silica hydrogel as a barrier to migration of radioactive contaminants in soils during decommissioning operations on nuclear facilities.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

15 October 2019

Deadline

31 December 2019

Duration

48 months

Eligibility

Applications are invited from candidates who have achieved a first class or upper second class honours in a relevant degree, including Chemical Engineering/Chemistry/Material Science/Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Geology/Environmental Science or an equivalent qualification at Masters level and must be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research

Eligibility for RCUK studentships

  • Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
  • EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
  • If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
  • International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
  • Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Project Details

This 4-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will explore the use of colloidal silica hydrogel as a barrier to migration of radioactive contaminants in soils during decommissioning operations on nuclear facilities. Previous research work has shown that colloidal silica can be injected into the soil to create hydraulic ground barriers able to prevent contaminated groundwater transport. In this project, the potential for enhancing barrier properties will be explored to produce a combined chemical and hydraulic barrier system. The proposed research represents an exciting opportunity to conduct  fundamental research with the prospect of having a significant impact on safety and the environment.

 

The PhD will be supervised by Prof Lunn and Dr Pedrotti at the Department of Civil and Environmental Enginering, University of Strathclyde. The Department has all the required facilities for conducting the research including an Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, Geotechnical Laboratory and an Advanced Materials Laboratory. The project is co-funded by the Scottish Regional Partnership in Engineering the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and will be co-supervised by Dr Draper in the Department of Chemistry, University of Glasgow. The research will be mainly experimental with the aim of modifying the colloidal silica hydrogel properties to make it a more reactive and stronger gel. The enhanced gel will then be tested for injectability into soils and concrete, and the final permeability and sorption capacity of the barrier will be determined. Key to informing gel design will be discussions with a number of industrial collaborators on potential applications for colloidal silica grout as a barrier on existing UK decommissioning sites.

Applicants are not required to have had prior experience of hydrogel chemistry, training will be provided where required. Applicants will have a relevant bachelors or masters degree, examples include civil engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, chemistry, geology and environmental science. As part of the research, the applicant will be expected to participate in relevant national and international conferences, meet with the industrial partners and to develop journal papers within the research field.

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.

 

Information about the host department can be found by visiting:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/civilenvironmentalengineering

https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/civilenvironmentalengineering/engineeringgeosciencesgeomechanics/

https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/research/civilenvironmentalengineering/

 

Funding Notes

The studentship covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees for 48 months and a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year for the full four-year duration. International Students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and the International Fee.

 

Applications are invited from candidates who have achieved a first class or upper second class honours in a relevant degree, including Chemical Engineering/Chemistry/Material Science/Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Geology/Environmental Science or an equivalent qualification at Masters level and must be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research

 

Funding Details

The studentship covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees for 48 months and a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year for the full four-year duration. International Students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and the International Fee.

Number of places

0