Postgraduate research opportunities

Robust modelling of biomass conversion processes to meet low carbon objectives

This project is to develop and assess modelling methods to obtain a deeper insight into the physico-chemical processes of biomass conversion.

Number of places



17 February 2020


3 years


Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. Knowledge and research experiences in the following areas are preferred: Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience with a background in biomass energy, CFD modelling and programming is desirable. International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5).

Project Details

Biomass residues and wastes have a great potential to deliver a significant contribution to the primary energy demand, with the aim of meeting low carbon objectives. Utilisation of low-grade biomass materials has been challenging. To assess performance of various biomass materials under different operating conditions and improve the process efficiency of biomass conversions, development of accurate, fast and robust modelling methods is desirable. This project is to develop and assess modelling methods to obtain a deeper insight into the physico-chemical processes of biomass conversion.

This project is under the supervision of Dr Jun Li and Dr Leo Lue. This innovative project is ideally suited to students with the creativity and drive to pursue doctoral studies at a technologically leading university, enabling the students to gain research expertise in analytical modelling.

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

Miss Ewa Kosciuk

+44(0) 141 548 2835

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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