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



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 experience in the following areas are preferred: Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience in biomass energy and process simulations are desirable. International students require IELTS overall 6.5 (all components above 5.5).

Project Details

The global solid waste production has seen dramatic increases 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 processing engineering and waste industry design. This project will undertake studies on the process and technology to convert biomass waste into a varying range of hydrocarbons to optimise the process. This 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.

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 expertise in modelling and experimental investigations.

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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