HTC process water treatment for the design and improvement of a renewable fuel production process

This project will focus on HTC process water treatment for the design and improvement of a renewable fuel production process.

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Funding source

This project is part funded by Antaco

Funding information


The successful candidate will receive a generous Stipend up to £25,000* per annum.

This project is part funded by Antaco. Antaco has pioneered an innovative, organic waste management solution that is able to convert organic waste efficiently into a carbon neutral solid biofuel. Inventive and forward-thinking, we pride ourselves on doing things differently, and achieving notable results. Antaco is amongst the highest achieving Cleantech companies in the UK, having been voted top UK and EU Cleantech start-up by Climate-KIC and the European Institute of Technology and Innovation.


Research will explore novel approaches to improve the HTC process by manipulating process water properties for re-introduction into the HTC feed. Focus will be placed on the organic contents of the process water including the COD, BOD and TOC in order to maximise the energy yield of the feedstock material. Methods for lowering the wastewater COD levels may include flotation, filtering, biological water treatment systems, reverse and forward osmosis, and ultrasound. Maximising the energy potential of the feedstock materials requires in depth analysis of the process water as 20% of the initial carbon may be contained in this fraction. Recovery of COD and subsequent recycling therefore needs to be investigated to optimise carbon conversion into the solid fuel product.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required). Open to European/UK students only.

How to apply

For informal enquiries prior to application please contact Dr Judy Lee.

Formal applications should be submitted through our Chemical and Process Engineering PhD. You should make clear in your application that you are applying for this studentship.

In your application, Please include:

  1. Cover letter (max 1 page) explaining your interest and suitability for the project you have selected.
  2. Detailed CV.
  3. Published work such as journals and conference articles and a copy of your MSc dissertation (if appropriate).
  4. A copy of your current or most recent academic transcript.
  5. Names and contact information of at least two referees.
  6. If necessary, a copy of a valid IELTS certificate from the past two years.

Application deadline: until the ideal candidate is found

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Judy Lee
26 BC 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 682618

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