Postgraduate research opportunities

Laser-based study of soot formation in flames: effects of hydrogen addition

The effect of hydrogen on soot formation is a focus of attention for this project since some future energy strategies involve blending hydrogen with conventional fuel. Understanding the effect of hydrogen addition may also help to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of soot formation.

Number of places

One

Opens

8 June 2020

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

Candidates applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Physical Chemistry). A high level of motivation to perform advanced experiments involving custom built optical set-ups is essential. Some experience in programming (e.g. Matlab) is desirable.

Project Details

The health effects of fine, non-volatile particulate matter generated by engines and furnaces are increasingly well-known and have been the subject of considerable public interest in recent years. Perhaps surprisingly, the mechanisms underlying the formation of soot are not currently well understood.


The effect of hydrogen on soot formation is a focus of attention for this project since some future energy strategies involve blending hydrogen with conventional fuel. Understanding the effect of hydrogen addition may also help to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of soot formation. The technique to be used, laser-induced incandescence, involves heating the soot in a flame or exhaust using a short-pulse laser and detecting the resulting emissions.


The research group at Strathclyde has well-established research activities in this area (e.g. EP/T012595/1) and is about to appoint a new research staff member who will help to support this PhD project. We collaborate with Rolls-Royce and Siemens and have recently worked on imaging of particulates in full-scale jet engine exhausts at a test centre near Madrid (https://www.cidar.eu/). The International Workshop on Laser-Induced Incandescence is due to be held at Strathclyde in 2021 and the PhD student is expected to participate in that event as well as other international conferences.

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. However, excellent candidates will be considered for a University scholarship.

 

Contact us

Miss Ewa Kosciuk

+44(0) 141 548 2835

chemeng-pg-admissions@strath.ac.uk

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

How to apply

Apply for this project here – please quote the project title in your application.

During the application you'll be asked for the following information and evidence uploaded to the application:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you are not from a majority English-speaking country as recognised by UKVI
  • two references, one of which must be academic. Please see our guidance on referees
  • funding or scholarship information
  • international students must declare any previous UK study

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

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