Postgraduate research opportunities

Valorisation of wet biomass waste for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals

This project will undertake studies on the processes and technology required to convert biomass waste into a range of hydrocarbons. This research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the waste to energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons and chemicals produced.

Number of places

One

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Stipend

Opens

20 February 2021

Duration

3.5 years

Eligibility

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 experience in the following areas are preferred: Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience in biomass energy and process simulations are desirable. 

All students (Home/EU and International) are eligible for University-funded Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS) awards. International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5).

Academic qualifications

Funding is provided for excellent students with at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Faculties may set a 1st class honours degree requirement.

Project Details

Global solid waste production has seen a dramatic increase over recent years. It is recognised that the development of alternative, cleaner sources of fuels and chemicals from wet biomass waste can secure energy sources and address environmental concerns. The technology to convert wet waste into valuable hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals becomes promising, and this relies on unique advancements in fuel process engineering and waste industry design.

This project will undertake studies on the process and technology to convert biomass waste to a range of hydrocarbons to optimise the process. The research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the flexibility of the waste-to-energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons as well as chemicals.

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.

Knowledge and research experiences in the following areas are preferred: Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experiences in biomass energy and process simulations are desirable.

Information about the host department can be found by visiting:

www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/chemicalprocessengineering/

www.strath.ac.uk/courses/research/chemicalprocessengineering/

Funding Details

Student Excellence Awards are awarded to students with with an outstanding emerging academic track record, with internal and external recognition and a proven commitment to the field of study. The scholarship provides full funding towards tuition fees and living costs at home/EU level with training expenses of £1500 per year for 3.5 years. International students are welcome to apply but would require to pay the difference between the home and international fee amount.

Academic qualifications: Funding is provided for excellent students with at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (components above 5.5).

 

Contact us

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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