Integrated carbon dioxide capture and utilisation
The project will fund UK/EU fees and a stipend to cover cost of living.
This is a fully funded PhD project focusing on developing dual function materials (DFMs) that can capture carbon dioxide from an emission source and release it as a high value fuel or chemical upon exposure to a reducing co-reactant. By coupling carbon dioxide capture to an exothermic reduction reaction, the energy demand of carbon dioxide release from adsorption sites is balanced by the energy produced from the exothermic reaction.
Dependence on fossil fuels for energy and chemicals have resulted in the increase in anthropogenic carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, responsible for climate change and ocean acidification. Post-combustion carbon dioxide capture can be energy intensive and costly, which limits its deployment at the massive scales needed to combat climate change. What can make this situation more attractive from an energetic and economic perspective is to combine carbon dioxide capture and catalysis in a single reactor; in this scenario a dual function material with adsorbent and catalytic capability takes advantage of an exothermic chemical transformation of carbon dioxide to drive the endothermic desorption process from adsorbent sites, avoiding temperature or pressure swing steps that are conventionally employed.
This project will be conducted in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Surrey beginning in January 2020. The focus of this project is to develop new dual function materials by investigating the catalytic transformations of carbon dioxide, catalyst performance under cyclic conditions and upon integration with adsorbent materials.
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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.
Research group: Duyar
Heterogeneous catalysis, carbon dioxide capture and utilisation