Developing dual function materials for integrated CO2 capture and utilisation

This is a fully funded Ph.D. project focusing on developing dual function materials (DFMs) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by combining carbon dioxide capture and utilisation in a single reactor.

Start date
Ongoing
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
Ongoing
Funding information

The funds will support a student at home tuition fee rates for 3 years, with the stipend at the UKRI standard level. 

Funding source
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey
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About

This is a fully funded Ph.D. project focusing on developing dual function materials (DFMs) that can capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from an emission source and release it as a high value fuel or chemical upon exposure to a reducing co-reactant.

DFMs have attracted attention recently within the power-to-gas concept, which seeks to convert CO2 emissions to synthetic natural gas using renewable hydrogen. We are now seeking to expand the applications of DFMs to the production of other chemicals through an experimental project. A DFM with adsorbent and catalytic capability takes advantage of an exothermic chemical transformation of CO2 to drive the endothermic desorption process from adsorbent sites, avoiding temperature or pressure swing steps that are conventionally employed. The project will focus on material synthesis, characterisation and testing, with an emphasis on developing fundamental understanding that can be applied to the improvement of this technology.

This project will be conducted in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at University of Surrey beginning in February 2021. The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline. Prior experimental research experience is desirable. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Related links
Duyar lab Surrey's Catalysis-Engineering Team

Eligibility criteria

Open to UK and EU students only.

The ideal candidate will hold a master’s degree in chemical engineering or a relevant discipline. Prior experimental research experience is desirable.

IELTS requirements: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applicants should apply online via the Chemical and Process Engineering PhD programme page and also send their CV to Dr Melis Duayr and Dr Tomas Ramirez Reina.

The project is due to start January 2020. Applications accepted all year round.

Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD

Contact details

Melis S. Duyar
E-mail: m.duyar@surrey.ac.uk

Research group: Duyar

Heterogeneous catalysis, carbon dioxide capture and utilisation

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