Life Cycle Assessment, Tecno-economic assessment and prospective assessment of the biogenic gases CUS technologies’
The project aims to accelerate on the path to sustainable bioenergy and play an important and constructive role in achieving the UN SDGs by incorporating in the biofuels value chain carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CUS) techniques promoting the decarbonisation of the EU economy in accordance to European Green Deal goals. A wide spectrum of biogenic gases CUS technologies will be validated. The proposed research aims at the evaluation of the technical, economic, environmental sustainability of the project solutions and services. The research will focus on the sustainability assessment, emphasizing the CO2 footprint, cost-efficiency, and scalability.
This PhD project is on the Life Cycle Assessment, Tecno-economic assessment and prospective assessment of the biogenic gases CUS technologies. The student will develop and apply a prospective carbon footprint approach to explore long-term environmental benefits and impacts of the target technologies.
Applications are invited from enthusiastic individuals for EU funded full time PhD studentship with skills, knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the specialist areas listed below:
- Environmental Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Process Engineering
SKILLS, BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience on Life Cycle Assessment
- Process and environmental engineering
- Water and wastewater treatment
The successful applicants will join the Environmental Engineering Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Please contact Prof. Evina Katsou (Evina.Katsou@Brunel.ac.uk) for an informal discussion about the studentships.
Applicants will have or expected to receive a first degree at 2:1 (65%) or above in areas such as: Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Process Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Environmental Sciences. An MSc degree is an advantage but not essential. Previous industrial experience and/or national or international scientific awards will also be advantageous.
The studentships are for a period of 3 years and successful applicants from the UK/EU will receive an annual stipend (tax free) of £19,668 plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.
How to apply
Please submit your application documents (see list below) in one PDF file by 1st of F February 2023
to: Professor Evina Katsou at Evina. Katsou @brunel.ac.uk
- Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
- Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
- Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
- Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.
Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.
- Academic / Research Career
Dr Evina Katsou is Professor in Water & Environmental Engineering and Course Director of the Water Engineering MSc at Brunel University. Evina leads the Water & Environmental Engineering group with 20 researchers. Her research is focused on: (1) Sustainable resource recovery from wastewater and safe reuse; (2) Data analytics, knowledge discovery and process modelling; and (3) Circularity & sustainability measurement and assessment. Authored 98 journal publications (h-index: 27), 12 book chapters with over 100 presentations, invited talks and patent on biopolymers recovery. Evina leads the Transformation Tools group of the Cost Action on Circular Cities, co-leads the Circular Water VLT of Water Europe and co-leads the SMART-WATER group of the ICT4Water Cluster-EC. She is a member of the drafting team of the new ISO standards on Circular Economy (Measuring and Assessing Circularity – ISO5902). She leads 11 national and international projects including activities on carbon footprint accounting and carbon neutrality Within projects RESILEX Horizon Europe, SYMBIOREM Horizon Europe (WP leader), BORECER HORIZON Europe (WP leader), HYDROUSA H2020, SmartPlant H2020, DEEP-Purple (DSS development and circularity assessment), WATER-MINING (H2020; WP leader), BL2F (H2020; WP Leader), INTCATCH (H2020), iWAYS (SPIRE H2020), Triple Carbon Reduction – OFWAT, she is responsible of the WPs related with the development and application of tools/solutions for the sustainability assessment including carbon footprint quantification and minimization. Evina has also conducts wide range of consulting activities with contracts awarded from leading UK water industry partners, including Affinity Water, Arup, Sever Trent, BuroHappold Engineering, Anglian Water.
UKWIR Tender - Quantifying and reducing direct greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment processes; Jacobs, Brunel, Cobalt Water; 2021-22
OFWAT WATER INNOVATION Competitions; Triple Carbon Reduction; Anglian Water; 2022-24
UKWIR Tender - What does a circular economy water industry look like? Jacobs, Brunel, Allied Waters; 2020-21
UKWIR Tender - Where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle? Jacobs, Brunel, Allied Waters; 2020-21
Determination of the most effective & low-cost solution for tackling the problem of galvanized iron corrosion in specific parts of the Affinity Water piping network, which is caused by the surface water imported from Grafham reservoir; October 2018 for a duration of 16 months, Value: £90,000
Feasibility study Aqualogic AI inspired Leak Detection and Analysis, 2019-2020 Value: £100,000
Towards Carbon neutral and Cost-efficient Sewage Treatment (CO2ST); Severn Trent, 2019-2021, Value: £150,000
Circular Shop Window, Anglian Water, March 2019 for a duration of 14 months, Value: £100,000
MBR design and start-up, Astana, Nazarbayev University, June 2019 for a duration of 6 months, Value: £20,000
Technical support for the chemical-physical-respirometric control & preliminary evaluation of an EGSB reactor for the treatment of wastewater from textile industry, 40,000 Euros, SIMEM SpA, 2014
Technical support for the evaluation & optimization of the wastewater treatment plant (technical & economic data) of the pharmaceutical company Fidia Farmaceutici SpA, Abano Terme (PD), 25,000 Euros 2013-2014.
Monitoring of the current treatment processes & capacity of the municipal wastewater treatment plant of Maser Municipality (TV, Italy); examination & evaluation of the potential co-treatment of wastewater from the Municipality of Asolo (TV, Italy); feasibility study & technical aspects, Alto Trevigiano Servizi Srl, InnovEn srl, 15,000 Euros 2013-2014.