Postgraduate research opportunities New materials for ‘green’, large scale clean-up of contaminated water


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


This project develops a novel solution for removing transition metal ions from water for recycling into useable cobalt solids for clean energy production.
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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.

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Project Details

Transition metals (cobalt and nickel) are vital in producing electric vehicle batteries which are crucial to phasing out fossil fuels and meeting international climate change targets. Mining Co and Ni produces large amounts of toxic waste that leads to significant damage to human health and the surrounding ecosystem. In addition, cobalt is a critical mineral resource due to supply-chain risk.

This is a laboratory-based project on using novel materials to capture cobalt and nickel from contaminated water/waste streams for upcycling into useable solids for clean energy production. The successful applicants will work in a renowned and vibrant environmental chemistry laboratory and be trained on liquid (aqueous) and solid state analytical techniques such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and electron microscopies. 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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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,