Postgraduate research opportunities Creating ‘green’ cements from incinerator waste ash – a crystal-chemical study of ion binding in the glassy and mineral phases


Key facts

  • Opens: Friday 8 September 2023
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 4 years


Cement and concrete are unsustainable materials for the modern world coping with the effects of climate change. One solution to reduce reliance on cement is to create concretes from incinerator waste ash. This project uses chemical analysis of ash compositions to create safe, ‘green’, concrete formulations and understand their long-term stability in a concrete material.
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First or upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate MSc/MEng/MChem in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Materials Science/Environmental Engineering. We are looking for a highly motivated person to undertake multi-disciplinary research.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Project Details

Using solid-state analytical techniques (such as X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy), the composition of waste ashes will be evaluated and their suitability for use in creating ‘green’ concretes will be determined by chemical, mechanical, thermal and hydraulic testing. The student will be based in the Faculty of Engineering, one of the largest and most successful engineering faculties in the UK, and the largest in Scotland.

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Funding details

There is no funding attached to this project and the successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees, project-specific bench fees and living expenses via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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Dr Hamilton
Dr Andrea Hamilton

Senior Lecturer
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Number of places: 1

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Programme: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Contact us

For further details contact Dr Andrea Hamilton,